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The rise of Celtic and Scotland full-back Kieran Tierney

Monday 9th October 2017
Despite being just 20-years-old, Kieran Tierney has already played 91 games for Celtic. He supported the Scottish giants as a child so is well and truly living the dream. Tierney joined the club at the age of seven and is now one of the brightest young talents to have progressed through the Celtic academy in the past decade.
Tierney was one player that excited people at the club with his performances with the development squad. Many were tipping him as the next big thing at Celtic Park. He made his debut for the club in April 2015 at the age of just 18 against Dundee and was to play one more game that season against St. Johnstone away. The 2015/16 season was his breakthrough season under Ronny Delia. He played over 30 games and was the first-choice left-back. He won the PFA Young Player of the Year after this season. He was attracting attention from Premier League clubs such as Manchester City and Manchester United because of his impressive defensive and attacking ability from left-back. However, Celtic tied him down to a new deal that will last until 2021, much to the delight of their supporters.

When Brendan Rodgers took over at Celtic Park at the start of the 2016/17 season, there was no doubt that after his performances the year before, Tierney would be first-choice left-back again. He went on to win the PFA Young Player of the Year award for the second consecutive season and also was named in the PFA Scotland Team of the Year for the second season running. Tierney's childhood dream came true when he captained Celtic on 8th August 2017 in the Scottish League Cup game against Kilmarnock, in which Celtic won convincingly 5-0.  Since making his debut in 2015, Tierney has won the Scottish Premiership title three times and the Scottish Cup. He has also played in the Champions League.
Tierney has represented Scotland at U18 and U19 level before making his debut for the first-team in March 2016 against Denmark, where he played the first-half. He is usually used as a right-back for Scotland, mainly due to the form of Liverpool left-back Andy Robertson. His battle with Robertson has been fascinating. There has been a lot of debate in Scotland about who is the better left-back, they are both big talents. Robertson is 24 years-old so a little bit older than Tierney so just edges it in terms of experience so Gordon Strachan usually goes for the former Hull City man.
The big question is would Tierney further his development by moving away from Celtic and playing at a higher standard? Although he is playing for his dream club, the Scottish league is deemed to be of a poor standard when compared to the major leagues in Europe. Only Rangers and Aberdeen are getting remotely close to Celtic in terms of league position. At present, he is going to win the league every season until his contract expires, there is no doubt about that. Tierney would further his development by moving to a Premier League or Bundesliga club by playing against tougher teams and better quality players.

However, you have to admire his commitment to Celtic and his rise to fame and there is plenty of time for him to move on.
Harry Mail

A big Hull City fan from Manchester. Keep an eye on leagues across Europe, the MLS and non-league in England.


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