Celtic hero Davie Hay confident Kieran Tierney won't suffer from second-season syndrome

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The 18-year-old has been sensational in his first full season for the Scottish Premiership side.

Former Celtic player and manager Davie Hay has insisted that he is confident that Kieran Tierney will not suffer from second-season syndrome after a stunning first full campaign at Parkhead, the Evening Times reports.

The left-back began the year with just two previous Hoops appearances under his belt but has managed to displace previous first-choice Emilio Izaguirre in Ronny Deila's team. 

Despite his tender age, the 18-year-old has become one of the most reliable members of the Bhoys' squad, and Hay believes that he will be able to maintain those high standards next season.

"I think we all knew that Kieran Tierney would be named the Young Player of the Year this weekend but I have to say that I don't expect the teenager to suffer from so-called second season syndrome," he told the Evening Times.

"He has enough resolve, I suspect, to sustain what he has achieved this season."

While Tierney has already been around the first-team long enough for his form to no longer be a surprise, his biggest challenge next season will be continuing to play at such a high level with the weight of expectation on his shoulders.

If Izaguirre remains with the club next season, the new manager will know that he has a full-back of international quality in reserve if Tierney's form dips, so will have few qualms about taking him out of the firing line.

But Hay appears to be confident that the youngster will have no problem replicating his form from this term for several years to come.

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