Former Premier League star Darren Bent believes Kieran Tierney is “desperate” to complete his £25million move to Arsenal.
The Gunners have had two bids rejected for the left-back, with Celtic holding out for around £25m for the 22-year-old who has spent his entire career at the Scottish giants.
Celtic have seemingly accepted that Tierney could leave before the transfer window slams shut next Thursday, but will only part ways with their star if they receive more cash up front.
And Bent, who enjoyed a glittering spell in the top-flight with the likes of Tottenham and Aston Villa, understands why the defender will want to make the switch to north London.
He told Football Insider : “He’s desperate to leave Celtic and join Arsenal in the Premier League, I’m sure of that.
“At the moment, it looks like it might be up in the air as Celtic want more money up front and Arsenal are reluctant to pay it.
“You can’t blame Tierney for wanting to join Arsenal.
“Celtic are a massive club but he has won everything there and proved himself in the SPL.
“He will want to show he can do it in the world’s biggest league, and at a higher level.”
Celtic manager Neil Lennon, meanwhile, recently told Arsenal that Celtic will not budge over their valuation of defender Tierney.
He told Sky Sports : “Obviously the window in England shuts on Thursday. It can be an unsettling period for any player.
“We have rejected two bids and the clubs know the valuation that we value Kieran [Tierney] at and it’s not been met.
“He is dealing with it very well. We are living in an age now where it’s coming at you from all angles, especially on social media. He is only 22. We have to be mindful of that as well.
“He is trying to keep his feet on the ground and stay focused on the present.”