Erik Sviatchenko raves about Celtic teammate Kieran Tierney and claims defender reminds him of himself

Tierney has been sensational since emerging into the Scottish Premiership side's first-team.

Erik Sviatchenko has heaped praise upon Celtic teammate Kieran Tierney and claimed that the 18-year-old reminds the Dane of himself when he was younger, the Evening Times reports.

The left-back has arguably only been behind Leigh Griffiths in terms of being the Hoops' best player this season despite only cementing a regular spot in the first-team midway through the campaign.

And Sviatchenko - who only moved to Parkhead during the January transfer window - admitted that he has been hugely impressed by what he has seen from the prospect during their time playing alongside each other.

"He has this unimpressed attitude. It reminds me a little bit about myself when I was his age coming in to a big stage and be expected to perform," he told the Evening Times.

"Kieran is operating at a much bigger club than I was with all respect to my former club Midtjylland. Celtic is just bigger and so is the pressure.

"How he has been adapting to all of this is really, really impressive.

"I have a lot of respect for a young lad like KT and wish that he can continue to develop in that really quick tempo that he has been doing."

Now Tierney has seemingly seen off the challenge of Emilio Izaguirre to be considered as the club's first choice on the left-hand side of defence, he faces the task of proving that he can sustain his excellent form beyond one season.

He certainly hinted that he had the ability to raise his game on the big occasion. When Ronny Deila's men were knocked out of the Scottish Cup by their Old Firm rivals, Tierney was perhaps the only member of the Celtic side to emerge from the game with any credit.

And while some of the Hoops squad will be concerned that their place could come under threat when a new manager arrives in the summer, Tierney is arguably the one player that should feel confident that he will be in the club's plans for several years to come. 

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