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Kolo Toure: Celtic defender can reach the level of this three-time PL winner

By James Black

Celtic coach Kolo Toure has compared Kieran Tierney with Chelsea legend Ashley Cole – and claims the Celtic defender can reach a similar level as the three-times Premier League winner.

Tierney has been a revelation since breaking into the Celtic side under former boss Ronny Deila and has gone on to make himself a regular for both club and country.

The 20-year-old defender has won a host of admirers with his attacking prowess and is a real favourite among Hoops fans.

Cole, who is now playing in Major League Soccer for LA Galaxy, has enjoyed a glittering career and is one of only two players to have won a Premier League and FA Cup double with two different clubs.

Toure has played alongside both Cole and Tierney and is confident the Isle of Man-born defender can go on and enjoy as succesful a career as the 107-times capped England star.

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“Kieran reminds me a lot of Ashley Cole in the way he bombs up and downs the flanks and in the way he is also so physically strong,” he said, as quoted by the Daily Record.

“He plays every game as well.

“He is not the tallest but he is a fighter and he is strong. He crosses, gets back and defends. He is a very, very good player.

“Can he reach Ashley’s level one day? Yes, of course. He has such great potential.

“Kieran’s work rate is just amazing. Every game he gives 100 per cent, he makes lots of runs, and makes lots of assists too. He defends, he goes forward, he is every inch the modern left back.

“He is playing his football for a great club like Celtic and his potential is great.

Tierney has found himself having to get used to playing in a variety of different positions for Celtic this season as Brendan Rodgers has continually tinkered with his tactics as well as seemingly having established himself as Scotland’s first choice at right-back.

With Scotland playing their final World Cup qualifiers against Slovakia and Slovenia over the next ten days, Tierney could also find himself as part of the first Scotland squad to qualify for a major tournament since Craig Brown led the Tartan Army to the 1998 World Cup in France.

In other Celtic news, Stan Collymore took a swipe at the European elite after the Hoops’ win over Anderlecht.

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