Pat Bonner urges Deila to change Celtic selection policy, claims Kieran Tierney must play

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Pat Bonner says Celtic should be using Kieran Tierney more regularly.

Celtic legend Pat Bonner has told the Glasgow Evening Times that he wants Kieran Tierney to be playing in the Bhoys first team over Emilio Izaguirre.

Tierney, 18, has risen up through the ranks at Celtic Park, and is now proving his worth to manager Ronny Deila by featuring in the first team.

The teenage left back started against Dundee United on Sunday, and many fans felt he was the man of the match in the 5-0 victory for Celtic.

There aren't many players produced by Celtic in the Bhoys first team, with Callum McGregor and James Forrest some of the more notable homegrown players in Deila's ranks.

Now though, Tierney - along with forward Aidan Nesbitt - are showing promise for the future, but one Celtic legend believes Tierney should be playing every week.

Former Bhoys goalkeeper Pat Bonner has told the Glasgow Evening Times that he was impressed with Tierney's display against Dundee United, and urged Deila to pick him over Emilio Izaguirre on weekly basis.

Bonner also wants Deila focus more on the young players at his disposal when picking his team, believing that the club haven't developed enough of their own players in recent years.

"Tierney should be in ahead of Emilio Izaguirre because he’s Scottish and I like to see young lads being given their chance," said Bonner. "I was really impressed with young Tierney at the weekend, I thought it was magnificent to watch. Another key objective that I feel this club should be built on is getting young guys through the system to become part of the first team. That should have been happening over the last two or three years, even under Neil Lennon."

"I think there should be more evidence of youngsters being given an opportunity in the league so it was lovely to see it in Tierney and I was lifted by how the young lad played. He got up and down that line but he also looked as if he could defend a bit too when questions were asked of him. So I was delighted and I’m sure that’s one of the things the fans will be talking about over this week," he added.

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