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Scott Brown has high praise for this young Celtic star, says he will thrive on Scotland call

The Hoops captain insists that Kieran Tierney fully deserves his chance to be involved in the senior Scotland set-up.

Celtic captain Scott Brown has told the club's official website that Kieran Tierney will thrive on his first call-up to the senior Scotland squad after impressing everyone at the club with his form during his breakthrough season.

After making his competitive debut for the Bhoys at the back end of last season, the 18-year-old defender has been one of the club's star performers so far this campaign.

The Scotland Under-19 international has made 23 appearances in all competitions, establishing himself as the club's first-choice left-back, and was last month rated as one of the best teenagers in Europe.

Tierney's captain Brown admitted he has been stunned by the impact Tierney has had at Parkhead, and insists that the teenager is perfectly equipped to deal with life as a full international after being handed his first senior call-up by Scotland manager Gordon Strachan.

Brown told reporters, as quoted on the club's website: "Kieran works so hard in training day in, day out, and he’s got a great attitude. For the last three or four months he’s been exceptional for us and he’s a rising star, the way he’s been playing.

"Hopefully he gets a little chance against Denmark and can show the manager what he can do, because we see what he does every day in training and it’s just great to have him in the squad. Nothing fazes him. He’ll thrive off the occasion and he’ll thrive off playing with international players. And just to put that Scotland jersey on – he’ll love it.

"His attitude is right up there. He’s still learning the game, he’s still a young kid but he’s thriving off every minute of it. He’s composed on the ball, he’s good on one-on-one defending, and he’s also a great attacking outlet for us, so he’s pretty much got everything that you could ever ask for."

Tierney has played just four times for Scotland's Under-19s side, but his exceptional season has prompted Strachan to integrate him into the senior picture sooner rather than later.

Meanwhile, he is expected to keep his place for Ronny Deila's side as they travel to Patrick Thistle on Saturday, looking to get their Scottish Premiership title challenge back on track.

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