Ronny Deila gushes over Celtic youngster Kieran Tierney

Celtic Football Club

The Norwegian boss believes he can go right to the top.

Celtic boss Ronny Deila has hailed 18-year-old Kieran Tierney and says that he can develop into a 'top player', as quoted by the club's official Twitter account.

The teenage sensation, who has established himself as the Hoops' first-choice left-back this season, put in a Man of the Match performance as the Glasgow giants demolished Greenock Morton 3-0 to move into the Scottish Cup semi-finals.

Leigh Griffiths, Gary Mackay-Steven and Callum McGregor did the damage in a first-half rout, but Deila reserved special praise for Tierney - who set up Mackay-Steven's goal - and says that the youngster has bags of potential.

Tierney has won plenty of admirers after displacing Emilio Izaguirre in the side and he is being tipped for a Scotland call-up this month already, despite having only 24 senior games under his belt.

Should he win a promotion into Gordan Strachan's side, it would mean that he bypassed Scotland's Under-21 level altogether, having only represented his country at Under-19 level.

The Bhoys will be joined in the semi-final draw by Rangers, Dundee United and Hibernian or Inverness, although there will be no prizes for guessing who Celtic fans want to be paired with.

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