CHRIS SUTTON has accused Arsenal of treating Kieran Tierney and Celtic with contempt with their £15million offer to sign the defender.
Celtic dismissed the bid from the Gunners as they desperately try to keep hold of the 22-year-old left-back.
And ex-Bhoys striker Sutton says the low offer compared to the £50m Manchester United have just paid for Aaron Wan-Bissaka is nothing more than an insult.
Writing for the Daily Record, Sutton said: “Kieran Tierney should be insulted by Arsenal’s bids for him. Celtic and Scottish football should also be seeing disrespect in what the Gunners are offering.
“Yet again I’m having the same argument I’ve been having year-on-year since Virgil van Dijk was inexplicably allowed to leave Celtic for a fee of £13m in the summer of 2015.
“Nothing has changed. English clubs believed then they could get away with transfer market murder and they still do.
“Fair enough all clubs start low in a bidding process but £15m for Tierney smacks of disgusting contempt. Not just for Celtic and Scottish football but for the boy.
“If I were Tierney I would be wondering if they really rated me at all given the figures which are flying around south of the border.”
Sutton added: “Obviously, due to Celtic’s position of playing in the Scottish Premiership, they cannot realistically expect to get the £50m Wan-Bissaka has fetched for Crystal Palace.
“But at the same time they should not be having to accept derisory offers such as £15m from Arsenal for a player who is of equal ability.
“Whatever way you look at it and however you see the level of the Scottish league, it’s nigh-on impossible to get to a final figure of £15m.
“It’s mocking Scottish football. It’s scornful to Celtic and disrespectful to the player.
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“There is a halfway house here. Arsenal think they can get Tierney for around £20m. Wan Bissaka has gone for £50m.
“That means the meet in the middle figure should be at the £35m mark.
“And, if Celtic accept anything significantly less than that for Tierney during this transfer window, then they have been insulted again just as they were over the sale of van Dijk.”