Celtic left-back Kieran Tierney has disclosed that practically his entire life has revolved around his support for the Hoops.
The 20-year-old has already captained the club he grew up supporting and he has revealed that the responsibility of putting on that famous green-and-white hooped jersey has made him mentally stronger as a person.
“Everyone around me is a Celtic fan as well,” he said, as quoted on the Hoops’ official website.
“When I go on Facebook or out with friends, everything’s Celtic. My full life has always been Celtic. I can’t remember before that. It’s always been Celtic for me.”
He then described some of the hardships he went through as a young player and how they prepared for life in the first-team.
“I’ve never looked at this like work. There are times it’s hard. When you’re younger and going to the school Celtic send you to, getting up at six in the morning and playing at the weekends, it is hard.
“I think it’s made me mentally tougher, though, and I’m able to deal with different situations I’m put under.”
Tierney has been a massive success since breaking though to the Hoops first-team under Ronny Deila in 2015.
The player was a stand-out in that team, winning both the Scottish players and writers young player of the year award.
He then repeated the feat the following season under the management of Brendan Rodgers, as the Bhoys won their first domestic treble since 2001 and completed their first unbeaten league campaign since the 1890s.
Tierney’s excellent form has continued this season, as he helped the Hoops qualify for the Champions League group stages then the last 32 of the Europa League, whilst setting a new British record of 69 domestic matches without defeat.
Tierney and his team-mates are next in action in the Scottish Cup against Brechin on the 20th of January.