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Celtic manager hints he may give Tierney first-team debut soon

Celtic manager Ronny Deila believes that Kieran Tierney could break into the first-team soon.

Celtic manager Ronny Deila has hinted to the Glasgow Evening Times that Kieran Tierney could be in line to receive regular first-team action in the near future.

Tierney was named amongst the Bhoys' substitutes for their match against Inverness last weekend and Deila believes that he could offer a short-term solution to a problem position for Celtic.

At the moment Celtic have a lack of options down the left-hand side of the pitch and fans will be hoping that Tierney proves he is ready to make the step-up to the first-team, as they look to compensate for this. 

"We have to get more cover for the left side of the team," Deila admitted. "We do not have many options who are left-footed.

"KT is coming up, and he can be an option. Kieran is very talented boy. He has something extra. Hopefully, we can try him in the next few games.

"It's not easy to bring in young players because every game is so important for us. But he shows in training that he is someone to really, really look at."

Tierney has consistently impressed in Celtic's development sides this season and the 17-year-old will be delighted to be receiving such recognition.

The Bhoys have shown a willingness to put their youngsters in the team this season and Tierney will now be hoping to follow in some of his fellow academy graduates' footsteps.

The likes of Callum McGregor, James Forrest and Liam Henderson have all been exposed to first-team football at Parkhead this term and Tierney will be buoyed by the trio's progress.

At the moment Emilio Izaguirre is Celtic's first-choice left-back and Tierney's task will be to displace him if he is to claim a regular spot in the team. 

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