Arsenal have fallen so far down the pecking order that the question has been asked, is Arsenal a big enough club for Kieran Tierney?
The question was posed by former Celtic keeper Pat Bonner when he gave his response to the £15 Million offer that Arsenal have tabled for the defender.
“If Kieran was playing in England, he’d probably be worth about £50m,” he said.
“But because it’s Scotland, I would think £25m would be a price you’d start talking about, with add-ons.
“He’s got the ability to go into a club like Arsenal. Whether Arsenal is a big enough club for Kieran Tierney, that’s the question.
“If you were picking out a player in British football at the moment that can play left-back, himself and [Liverpool’s Scotland captain] Andy Robertson are the best two in Britain, if not Europe.”
OK, where to start?
Of course Arsenal are a big enough club, certainly far bigger than Celtic and they remain not just one of the biggest clubs in England but in the world.
Let’s get some perspective here. Even in a bad season we still finished within just one point of the Champions League, were Europa League finalists and are in the top ten richest clubs on the planet.
A poor Arsenal is still a huge club and to say otherwise is plainly ridiculous.
We finished above Man Utd and I do not hear anyone claiming that United are no longer a big club.
I am not going to insult the level of Scottish football and the general quality of their players but it takes some front to question whether Arsenal is a big enough club for a Celtic player.
The questions are always the other way around, is this or that player good enough for the Premier League.
Seems to me that this is just a case of piling into Arsenal because on the face of it we are looking like a club in decline.
But it all goes in phases, every single one of the top-six has had years in the wilderness but it is because they are all huge clubs that they can withstand periods of decline and bounce back.
I understand why the question was asked because of the way Arsenal is being portrayed but that does not make the question any less ridiculous.