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Celtic snub Tierney offer as Gerrard hails Ibrox squad

Kieran Tierney

Wanted: Kieran Tierney (pic: SNS Group)


 

Celtic are holding firm against Arsenal’s latest offer for Kieran Tierney which they say does not match their £25m valuation of the defender.

The North London club have been in contact with Parkhead for some weeks and made their latest bid for the player on Saturday evening, according to reports.

The proposed a package would have been paid in appearance-based instalments and Arsenal may come back with a higher offer for the 22-year-old who is poised to become the most expensive player in Scottish football history should the deal go through. Celtic last year received £19.8m from Lyon for Moussa Dembele.

Rangers boss Steven Gerrard told the club’s TV station that he feels his squad is ‘very close’ to where he wants them to be after watching the 4-0 demolition of Marseille at Ibrox in the weekend friendly.

Goals from Daniel Candeias, Jermain Defoe and Connor Goldson put them in a positive move ahead of the Europa League return tie with St Joseph’s on Thursday.

Gerrard, who completed the signing of Bologna defender Filip Helander last week, said: “I think you can see the quality of the new signings – straight away they’ve hit the ground running. We are hoping Filip will follow suit.

“We are really pleased with the squad shaping up nicely – we’ve had two or three windows now to improve things and we are very close to where we want to be but now we have to do all the hard work now and produce that on a regular basis when the games come around,” he said.



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