Celtic teenager Kieran Tierney has told The Scottish Sun that his appearance against Ross County on Saturday was a 'dream come true'.
The defender, 18, has come up through the ranks at Celtic Park, and started the game at left back due to injury and suspension to Charlie Muglrew and Emilio Izaguirre respectively.
Tierney played his part in the 2-1 victory on Saturday afternoon, with manager Ronny Deila even singling him out for praise during a post-match interview with the club's official Twitter account.
Teenager Tierney had been involved in the first team before, but Saturday marked his first start for the club at Celtic Park, and he admitted to The Scottish Sun that his appearance was a 'dream come true'.
"I’ve been with Celtic 11 years. As soon as you support Celtic it’s what you dream of - playing for the club," said Tierney. "When I was younger, I liked Bobo Balde. I know that’s weird, it wasn’t my position, but I liked the way he played, and you can’t look past Henrik Larsson. You are always hopeful that it will happen, you dream about it, so to finally play for the team is a dream come true."
Tierney's display has now prompted an interesting debate. Izaguirre's performances have deteriorated over the last six months, and with Mulgrew often injured, Deila has been expected to pursue a new left back.
With Tierney now in the fold, some supporters are wondering whether Tierney could be the answer - and whilst the player himself is hoping that's the case, he isn't getting ahead of himself.
"Can I be the answer at left-back? I’m not sure. I’m only trying my best just to play. If the gaffer thinks so, that’s brilliant, but I just need to keep working hard," he added.
Recent reports from the Daily Record have suggested that Celtic are interested in signing St. Pauli left back Marcel Halstenberg, but Tierney's display may just make Deila pause before bidding for another left back in the final month of the transfer window.
It may be a lot to ask of an 18-year-old, but Deila will be keen to see what he can do, rather than spend money on another left back; his answer may have been in front of his eyes all along. It just took injuries and suspensions for him to see it.