‘Napoli edging ahead in Kieran Tierney race,’ London based BBC Man reports

THE BBC Sports journalist who broke the story of Arsenal’s £15million bid for Kieran Tierney is now downplaying the chances of the Celtic Star moving to North London. But he still reckons that KT will be leaving Celtic with Napoli rather than Arsenal now in pole position to secure the signing of the World class Celtic full-back.

David Ornstein has posted this update this morning on the latest he’s hearing about cash-strapped Arsenal frustrating summer.

“As things stand Wilfried Zaha from Crystal Palace to Arsenal not happening, will take major change(s) to materialise. Also hearing Napoli edging ahead in Kieran Tierney race but deal still there to be done. As we know cash the issue for Arsenal this summer.”

One Gooner replied to the BBC man, “I said give me transfer news not depression” and that seems to be the mood among their support. Another one of their supporters summed it up perfectly with this graphic…

This morning on The Celtic Star we gave some detailed background – courtesy of The Swiss Ramble’s twitter feed – on the many problems that Arsenal are facing. Here is the information again in case you missed it….

In the early 1980s those of us old enough to remember, watched as Celtic’s best player since Kenny Dalglish, the home-grown Charlie Nicholas – and in his first spell at Celtic he was absolutely sensational – swapped Celtic for Arsenal and in doing so made a huge error as far as his playing career went. Had he followed King Kenny to Anfield he’d probably have become a superstar and won numerous European Cups.

Kieran Tierney could be about to go down the same path all these years later. Arsenal it seems are a Premier League club in decline and are perhaps in comparison to all the club’s usually around them in their league, going backwards.

Have a look at the analysis on football business blogger The Swiss Ramble’s twitter account on this subject. It has very relevant information about the negative aspects of Arsenal’s prospects that Kieran Tierney and his advisors would do well to consider.

There is also the medical that Kieran Tierney would have to pass to get his move. As he is still recovering from his double hernia operation at the end of May and was unable to train in Austria last week, will be pass such an examination?

The English Transfer Window closes at 5pm on 8 August, the day before the Premier League gets underway. The English clubs transfer activity will increase as this deadline approaches. Maybe Celtic would do well to wait and see what others offers might come in for our star player if he wants to go and perhaps Kieran can do better than Arsenal.

Judging from the above they are going nowhere fast.

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The Celtic Star founder and editor, who has edited numerous Celtic books over the past decade or so including several from Lisbon Lions, Willie Wallace, Tommy Gemmell and Jim Craig. Earliest Celtic memories include a win over East Fife at Celtic Park and the 4-1 League Cup loss to Partick Thistle as a 6 year old. Best game? Easy 4-2, 1979 when Ten Men Won the League. Email editor@thecelticstar.co.uk

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