By Wayne Veysey

11th May, 2016 | 8:57am

Confirmed: Celtic to hold defender talks and hope for signature within weeks

By Alex Stevens

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Celtic will hold new contract talks with Kieran Tierney this summer, according to chief executive Peter Lawwell.

The highly-rated teenager, 18, still has three years to run on his existing contract but the Scottish giants want to reward the huge progress he has made this season.

Celtic chiefs are planning to extend Tierney’s deal until 2021 and hand him a significant pay rise.

Lawwell is hopeful the new contract for the teenager can be secured within weeks to fend off interest from suitors including Liverpool.

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“Kieran has three years left after the summer,” Lawwell told the Scottish Sun. “He’s done brilliantly well and normally when that happens we’ll sit down with them and try to reward them.

“We’ll do that with Kieran and look to extend his contract. I’m sure that’ll happen over the summer.

“The kid wants to stay and we’re eager for him to stay.”

Teenager Tierney swept the boards with Scotland’s Young Player of the Year awards after his stunning debut season.

He was named the best young player at Celtic’s end-of-season ceremony and was also named PFA Scotland Young Player of the Year.

Tierney, 18, has enjoyed a whirlwind campaign in which he has made 32 appearances for the Scottish Premiership leaders and been handed a Scotland call-up.

He made his full Scotland debut against Denmark during the March international break despite never having pulled on a dark blue jersey for the Under-21s.

The teenager has already been linked with a lucrative move to Southampton and, as revealed by Football Insider, Liverpool are keeping close tabs on him as they eye someone to compete with first-choice Alberto Moreno on the left side of the defence.

Tierney spoke just last week of a desire to stay at Celtic Park for the long haul rather than make an early jump to England.

He is also hoping for a call-up from Scotland boss Gordon Strachan for the double-header against Italy and France.

In other Celtic news, the Scottish club have watched a £10million-rated English centre-back eight times as they eye up a summer bid.