By James Black
Celtic legend Tom Boyd has admitted that he has been blown away by the quality of Kieran Tierney and claimed the full-back has “everything in his locker” to have a career at the highest level.
Tierney has been a revelation since breaking into the Hoops side under Ronny Deila and has made himself indispensable to Brendan Rodgers in the Northern Irishman’s time at the Parkhead helm.
The 20-year-old has featured in a variety of positions due to an on-going injury crisis for Celtic this season and has impressed in all of them.
Tierney’s willingness to get forward in support of the more attack-minded players has become a trademark of his game and his link-up play with Scott Sinclair down the left flank for the Bhoys has been a big factor in the clubs’ success.
Tierney has also forced his way into the right-back position with Scotland after his performances for the Hoops as Brendan Rodgers’ side won an undefeated domestic treble last season.
“He can do the odd mistake, he’s a young boy and we’ve all done that.
“He has done everything he can to get to this stage.
“The qualities he has got both defensively and attacking-wise [are great].
“He has got everything in his locker to go further.”
Tierney has even captained Celtic on a few occasions this season – highlighting the massive faith Rodgers has in him – and has been a standout for the Hoops so far.
The Isle of Man-born star has picked up eight caps for Scotland and his emergence for the Tartan Army was one of the few bright spots in a disappointing World Cup qualifying campaign.
Tierney has reportedly been attracting interest from clubs in the Premier League recently although the 20-year-old is unlikely to want to leave his boyhood heroes while they competefor trophies and compete in the Champions League.