Kieran Tierney reacts to debut Scotland call-up

Celtic’s Kieran Tierney has been called up to the senior Scotland squad.

Speaking to the official Celtic website, Kieran Tierney has reacted to the news that he has been called up to the senior Scotland squad for the upcoming international break.

Tierney said: “I’m surprised. I didn’t expect it but I’m very grateful for Gordon giving me the call-up. He’s put a great amount of trust in me to put an 18-year-old in the national squad so I just hope to repay him if he plays me. It’s great. I’ve been made-up with this season at Celtic so far but international football is a bonus.”

Tierney has admitted his surprise at being called up by Gordon Strachan, and it is a surprise to see the 18-year-old full-back named in the senior squad.

He has not even been capped at Under-21 level before, but his rise to prominence this season with the Bhoys has meant he has shot to the first-team for Strachan.

The left-back started the season in the development squad, but the poor form of Emilio Izaguirre meant that the academy starlet was offered a chance to impress - and he took it.

The youngster has managed 23 appearances this term, and he started to establish himself as the first choice left-back - starting each of the last six Premiership games.

Celtic’s season has not been great by any means, but Tierney's rise to prominence has been a real bright spot in their campaign.

He is likely to start next season as one of Deila’s key players, and if his Celtic debut goes well, the Scots could have a top class left-back to call upon for the next decade or so.

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