It’s official, Sky Sports are carrying the banner headline saying that Kieran Tierney has signed for Arsenal, with less than ten minutes to go before the transfer window for the Premier league closes at 5pm.
BREAKING: Arsenal have confirmed the signing of full-back Kieran Tierney from Celtic #DeadlineDay
— Sky Sports News (@SkySportsNews) August 8, 2019
The former Celtic left back left for London last night with his agent as his teammates were on the field of play in Romania battling for a place in the Champions League.
Tierney leaves Celtic with most supporters wishing him well, although there has been some negative comments on social media since the news broke last night.
Tierney passed his medical without any problems and has been given the number 3 shirt at Arsenal.
Celtic MUST invest the £25million into the playing squad if they are to remain the Dominant Force in Scottish football. The Scottish window remains open for a few weeks yet so plenty of shopping days for Neil Lennon.
So the one man club man wanted to leave pic.twitter.com/9gZzvCMYDO
— paul the tim (@paulthetim) August 8, 2019
Celtic confirmed that Kieran Tierney transfer on the official website.
“We did all we could to keep Kieran at Celtic. While the club did not need or wish to sell Kieran, this was an opportunity which Kieran very much wished to pursue and with the club having received a significant offer, we have agreed to the transfer,” the club stated.
“Kieran has been a big part of the club for a number of years, coming through our Academy structure and becoming a key first team player of real quality.
“He has made a significant contribution to Celtic and we thank him very much for all he has given to the club and, of course, we wish him very well for the future in his career,” again stated by the club.
Neil Lennon added: “This is an opportunity Kieran wanted to take and while we will be sad to see him leave the club, we wish Kieran all the very best for the future.
“Although he is still a young guy, Kieran has given the club so much. He’s a great lad and I’ve really enjoyed working with him. I’m sure he will continue to progress and develop and make a big impact in the English Premiership.
“It has obviously been a long process, but now it has been finalised we can now look ahead and concentrate on continuing to build our own squad and meet the many challenges ahead, domestically and in Europe.
“We had a really good performance and result last night at a difficult venue and I would like to thank our fans for travelling to Romania and supporting us so well. Yet again, the team had such great support in Europe and we are hugely grateful for that.
“We look ahead to next week with confidence but of course realise we still have a lot of work to do against a very good team.”
The £25m bid for Kieran Tierney is the highest fee ever paid for a Scottish Footballer, it's 5th time in 9 years Celtic have broken the Scottish transfer record for a sale.
2010: £10m McGeady
2013: £12m Wanyama
2015: £13m Van Dijk (+£6.2m)
2018: £19.8m Dembélè
2019: £25m Tierney
— Inside The SPFL (@AgentScotland) August 8, 2019