Stuart Armstrong praises Celtic’s Kieran Tierney

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Celtic youngster Tierney is starting to establish himself in Ronny Deila’s team.

Tierney is starting to feature more and more in Celtic’s first-team, and Stuart Armstrong has told the Evening Times that he has been extremely impressed with how the youngster has adapted himself to the rigours of senior football.

Armstrong said: “For a young man you have to take your hat off to him. He has shown a great aptitude to come into the team and not just come in and play but come in and really catch the eye. He has been excellent and you have to applaud that spirit and ability, particularly given just how young he is.”

Tierney is still only 18-years-old, but he is starting to feature more and more in Deila’s senior plans, and has managed eight appearances this term. He has played in the League and the League Cup, and has even been granted two starts in the Europa League.

Deila clearly trusts him, and Tierney has made great strides this season to prove himself as already being ready to play senior football, despite many other players his age still being part of youth teams.

Tierney even started the season in Celtic’s Under-18 side, and has played in their UEFA Youth League campaign, but his main focus is now upon senior duty.

To have enjoyed such a rise is not a situation which occurs often, and Armstrong has admitted that he has nothing but respect for the manner in which Tierney has broken into Deila’s team.

He has not just filled a gap in the defence, but has actively impressed, and looks to be more trusted than the struggling Emilio Izaguirre at left-back.

Celtic’s season has not been the most enjoyable so far with their European struggles, but with Tierney establishing himself in the first-team, there is some good that is coming from the negativity at Parkhead.

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