The long-running Kieran Tierney transfer saga could soon be drawing to a close.
Despite suggestions earlier in the week that the deal was off after Celtic rejected a third bid for the player from Arsenal, it is now being reported that the deal will be concluded in the near future.
The third bid was believed to be in the region of £27m including bonuses, but Celtic are looking for more cash up-front.
Sky Sports are today saying the clubs are only “a couple of million pounds apart” and the deal is “almost complete”.
The 22-year-old has made 170 appearances for Celtic, having made his debut against Dundee in April 2015.
Asked about Tierney’s future earlier this week, manager Neil Lennon said:
“I’ve had no information other than there was two bids that came in from Arsenal that were rejected.
“There has been no further inroads into that really. Our valuation of Kieran wasn’t met and it’s as simple as that. You will see other transfers not going through because valuations haven’t been met. It’s not a case of Arsenal being disrespectful.
“They put a bid in that they valued the player at. They came back again and obviously see Kieran as a very good player, as we do. But on a long-term contract we’re in a very strong position when it comes to Kieran.”