By James Black
Celtic star Kieran Tierney believes “everything happens for a reason” after making it back to Hampden just in time to lift the Scottish Cup in May.
The Bhoys defender had to be taken to hospital after suffering a broken jaw during the Scottish Cup final against Aberdeen and made it back to the national stadium just as the players were being presented with the trophy.
The win sealed an unbeaten domestic treble for Brendan Rodgers’ side as they wrote their name into the history books in the Northern Irishman’s first season in charge.
Tom Rogic’s last-minute winner secured victory for Celtic with Tierney listening on the radio in the car on his way back from A&E.
Tierney is likely to be involved when Celtic return to Hampden to face Motherwell in the League Cup final next weekend and the 20-year-old Hoops star likely won’t face a mad dash back to the stadium if the Scottish champions lift the trophy but admits he was delighted to make it back on time.
“I literally just got back into the stadium, looked up and there were only a couple of people still waiting to lift the trophy,” Tierney said, as quoted by the Evening Times.
“So I just ran up the stairs.
“Everything happens for a reason in life.
“For me to get back there on time was just brilliant.”
The defender recently signed a six-year deal to tie him to the Glasgow giants until 2023 as a number of English clubs were reportedly credited with an interest in the 20-year-old.
Tierney was handed the captain’s armband by interim Scotland manager Malky Mackay in Thursday’s 1-0 friendly defeat by The Netherlands at Pittodrie, capping off an unbelievable year for the left-back.
In other Celtic news, the Hoops are in a transfer tussle with a Bundesliga club for this goal-a-game forward.