Kieran Tierney says he is learning from Celtic defender Emilio Izaguirre

Celtic youngster Kieran Tierney is learning from first-team defender Emilio Izaguirre.

Celtic defender Kieran Tierney has told the club’s official website that he admires Emilio Izaguirre and is learning from him.

Izaguirre has been on the books of Scottish Premiership giants Celtic since 2010 and is an important player for the Bhoys.

The Honduras international left-back is not guaranteed a place in Ronny Deila’s starting lineup at the moment, but he is an experienced player whose importance cannot be undermined.

Tierney, who is only 18 years of age and has made four first-team appearances for Celtic so far in his career, has explained how he is learning from Izaguirre.

“I can learn goalscoring now from Emilio,” the teenager told Celtic’s official website. “He scored two at the weekend and he’s brilliant.

“He gets up and down the park for the full 90 minutes and that’s what I’m trying to do, but when you step on the first-team park it’s a higher tempo so it’s harder for me fitness-wise but I’m doing my best to look up to him in training and he gives me tips.

“I have worked with him for a good while now and I can definitely see he’s improved my game and I’m very grateful for that.”

Celtic will take on Hearts at Celtic Park in the Scottish Premiership on Saturday afternoon.

The Hoops will head into the encounter on the back of a 2-0 victory over Raith Rovers at home in the third round of the Scottish League Cup.

Deila’s side are second in the league table at the moment with 19 points from eight matches, five points behind leaders Aberdeen.

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