A former Celtic frontman and ex-Scotland team-mate of the highly-rated full-back have questioned the transfer logic of those at Emirates Stadium.
Arsenal’s £15 million ($19m) bid for Celtic defender Kieran Tierney has been branded an “embarrassment” by John Hartson, while James McFadden considers it to be “pittance”.
The Gunners have been linked with the Scotland international for some time.
Interest is said to have been stepped up during the current transfer window, with a formal offer reportedly tabled this week.
An approach from Arsenal is said to have been knocked back, with Celtic valuing their 22-year-old academy graduate much higher than those in north London.
Former Bhoys and Gunners striker Hartson is not surprised to see that stance being taken, with the Welshman writing on Twitter: “My old club Arsenal testing the waters with reported £15m bid for Kieran Tierney.
“Celtic don’t want to sell besides that in this current market £15m is an embarrassment to the player and his ability.”
Hartson is not the only one to have hit out at Arsenal and their apparent reluctance to pay the going rate for a player of Tierney’s ability.