Celtic left-back Kieran Tierney has admitted to reporters that he still does not feel like a first-team regular despite establishing himself as Ronny Deila's first-choice in recent weeks, as quoted by the club's official Twitter account.
The 18-year-old made his competitive senior debut for the Bhoys at the end of last season, and after featuring mainly in cup competitions for the first five months of the current campaign, he has overtaken Emilio Izaguirre in the pecking order.
However, the teenager has admitted that he has been surprised by his breakthrough and says that he still does not feel as though he has made it as a regular at Parkhead.
Tierney told reporters, as quoted by Celtic's Twitter account: "Every young boy’s dream is to play first-team football and I’ve been playing for weeks so hopefully it continues.
"I think it has come ahead of what everyone has thought. At the start of the season I don’t think anyone would have thought I would have played 20 odd games.
"Just now I still feel like a young boy, I don’t know when I’ll ever feel like [a regular]. I don’t think it’s a bad thing. It means I still need to work hard in training and work my hardest to get picked at the weekend."
In total, Tierney has played 21 competitive fixtures in all competitions for Deila's side this season with the Scotland Under-19 international raising his profile with a series of impressive and mature displays on the left side of defence.
Meanwhile, Celtic were fortunate not to have their lead at the top of the SPL table cut to four points over the weekend, as nearest challengers Aberdeen could only draw at home to St. Johnstone after the Bhoys had been held at Hamilton Academical on Friday.
Tierney's side will now target a return to winning form against Dundee on Wednesday night.