CELTIC are bracing themselves for a THIRD Arsenal bid for Kieran Tierney.

The London side have had two offers – the latter around the £20million mark – booted out by the champions in the past 72 hours.

The Gunners tabled an original £15million bid that was immediately rejected by the champions who are believed to be looking for something in the region of £25million for the 22-year-old Scotland international.

It’s almost certain boss Unai Emery will sanction another move to solve his side’s problem position where 33-year-old Nacho Monreal has agreed a one-season extension.

Serie A giants Napoli are also monitoring the player’s situation and are in a financial position to meet the Hoops demands.

Tierney is on his way back after having a double hernia operation which ruled him out of the treble-treble clinching Scottish Cup Final victory over Hearts a month ago.

Neil Lennon, meanwhile, is weighing up a double move for £3million-rated Vienna Rapid left-back Boli Mbombo and former Aberdeen loan defender Max Lowe.

Belgian-born Mbombo is high on the manager’s priority list. A cousin of Manchester United’s international striker Romelu Lukaku, the attack-minded 23-year-old joined Rapid from Club Brugge two years ago, but is set to leave the Austrian club this summer.

Huddersfield and Burnley have also been credited with an interest and Lennon knows he will have to act swiftly to land his target.

It’s a similar situation with Derby defender Lowe who has been impressive during his two temporary stints at Pittodrie.

The Parkhead outfit have held initial talks with the Championship side over the possibility of a short-term or permanent switch for the 22-year-old who has been linked with a return to the Dons and also Rangers.

Lowe, who was recently on England Under-20 duty, signed a new long-term contract in the summer, but his immediate future is uncertain.

Celtic, who have also been eyeing Akhmat Grozny’s Iranian left-back Milad Mohammadi, want the moves in place before the Champions League opening qualifier against FK Sarajevo in Bosnia on July 9.


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Acclaimed author Alex Gordon wrote the biography of Scotland international legend Denis Law, entitled 'King and Country'. He is a former columnist with World Soccer magazine and Scottish correspondent of respected European journal L'Equipe.

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