Celtic were spared a needless Scottish Cup replay against Partick Thistle on Saturday thanks to the side’s best player – Kieran Tierney.
The 20-year-old proved his worth to the Hoops yet again as his last ditch challenge of Partick’s Ryan Edwards prevented the player from forcing the ball into the net, and setting up an unlikely replay.
The Bhoys didn’t play all that well against Partick, as they held on to win 3-2, but once again Tierney was able to rise above the malaise that has gripped so many of his team-mates this season.
Whilst Moussa Dembele and Stuart Armstrong have faltered after great seasons last year, first-team mainstay Tierney has gone from strength to strength, which is remarkable when you consider the number of games he has played so far this season.
The big concern from Brendan Rodgers will be if the Scotland international gets injured, as the Bhoys have no other natural left-backs in the squad as they once again failed to address that part of the squad in the January transfer window.
With the Bhoys getting ready to take on Zenit in the last 32 of the Europa League, all eyes will once more turn to Tierney, who will be expected to drive the Hoops on to success. It’s a job he is more than capable of doing.