Kenny Dalglish admits he's been impressed by Celtic starlet Kieran Tierney

The defender has enjoyed a meteoric rise since emerging onto the scene at Parkhead.

Celtic legend Kenny Dalglish has admitted that current Hoops star Kieran Tierney has hugely impressed him this season, and suggested that it is important to have players like him in the team, the Herald Scotland reports.

The 18-year-old only made his debut for the Scottish Premiership side last season, but now appears to be a first-team regular in Ronny Deila's team this term and has received international recognition as he made his Scotland debut in the recent friendly with Denmark.

And Dalglish suggested that the left-back deserves a lot of credit for the way he has played since making the step up.

"He's had a good year," he told the Herald Scotland. "He only came in three months into the season and he's done really well.

"He recovered well after making a mistake against Motherwell at the weekend there. He went up the pitch and made two goals. So he looks good, he looks comfortable, competent, he's got a good bit of pace and his distribution is good as well."

"The fans can relate to him. They might know his auntie or uncle or they went to school with his sister or brother. If you can get fans in your team it's much better for the club - as long as they can play."

While the youngster could have perhaps done better for the Motherwell goal at the weekend - as he failed to shield the ball out of play which led to Scott McDonald being teed up for the equaliser - he proved that he has the temperament to cope with the pressure of playing for the club, and keeping a player of Emilio Izaguirre's quality out of the side, as he set up both of the Bhoys' goals in the 2-1 win.

And he looked equally unfazed when he made his debut for the national side, arguably proving to be the best player in Gordon Strachan's squad against the impressive Danes.

And if he can continue to develop his game, there is no question that he could be one of the most important players for both club and country for many years to come.  

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