'He is one of the best I've seen at his age' - Kris Commons blown away by Celtic rising star
By Harry Sykes
Kris Commons has insisted Kieran Tierney is destined for the top and hailed him as one of the best players he has ever seen at the age of 20.
The left-back has emerged from the Celtic ranks to establish himself as a key member of the first team and one of the first names on the teamsheet.
Tierney has been linked with a move to one of the Premier League big guns and former Hoops playmaker Commons is convinced he can become a world beater.
“Defensively, he is one of the best I’ve seen at his age,” Commons told the BBC Sport website.
“He seems to get better every single week and it’s his work ethic, not just on the park, off it as well. He is forever working on his weaknesses in training.
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“He has a great relationship with all the players and coaches, they want to keep making him better.
“And, let’s not forget, he’s broken his leg twice in the last two years.
“For him to maintain fitness levels and that amount of enthusiasm is impressive and, for a guy who’s broke his leg twice, he still won’t back out of a challenge.”
Celtic are preparing for a pivotal Champions League qualification clash against FC Astanta, with the first leg scheduled to take place at Parkhead on Wednesday night.
Commons believes the leading clubs will be keeping a close eye on Tierney and whether he can go toe to toe with the best wide attacking players in Europe.
“I think they will be waiting to see how he is in these Champions League games,” the 33-year-old told the BBC of his former team-mate.
“If they are going to spend £10-30m on a player, they need to know he’s able to play against Ronaldo and Bale.”
In other Celtic transfer news, Football Insider has revealed the Hoops are in the hunt to sign a dazzling attacking midfielder as late window interest to reach fever pitch.