Pat Bonner claims Kieran Tierney was clearly Celtic's best player in Old Firm defeat

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Pat Bonner was impressed with Kieran Tierney's performance against Rangers.

Former Celtic goalkeeper and current pundit Pat Bonner has told BBC Sport that he thought Kieran Tierney was 'clearly' Celtic's best player against Rangers.

The Bhoys lost their crucial Scottish Cup semi-final with Rangers on penalties, after an enthralling back-and-forth encounter at Hampden Park.

Kenny Miller handed Rangers an early lead to stun Premiership side Celtic, but Ronny Deila's men responded in the second half as Erik Sviatchenko powered home a header, sending the game into extra time.

Barrie McKay's long-range rocket put Rangers back in front, but Celtic again came back, with Tom Rogic's goal setting up a penalty shoot-out - before the Australian skied his penalty to send Rangers through in a quite stunning result for Mark Warburton.

The pressure is now mounting on Celtic manager Deila after this huge defeat, and too many of his players went missing on the big stage, with Gary Mackay-Steven and Stefan Johansen notably struggling to make any sort of impact against Rangers.

One player who did impress though was left back Kieran Tierney, with the 18-year-old offering a superb performance far beyond his years, setting an example for the rest of his team-mates.

Now, Pat Bonner - the former Celtic goalkeeper currently serving as a pundit for BBC Sport - has suggested that Tierney was clearly Celtic's best player, impressing defensively as well as going forward, having played the ball in for Rogic's equaliser.

"Clearly Celtic's best player," said Bonner. "At times he was up against two Rangers players, but still able to handle both of them very well. Worked up and down the pitch, showed good defensive instincts and still had the legs and the wherewithal to create the equaliser late on in extra time with a great cross for Tom Rogic," he added.

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