Brendan Rodgers says Celtic star Kieran Tierney has taken just two days to prove he will be a top player

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The 19-year-old enjoyed a sensational season for the Scottish Premiership side last term.

Kieran Tierney celebrates scoring the first goal for Celtic

Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers has claimed that it has taken just two days for Kieran Tierney to prove to him that he is destined for the top of the game, the Telegraph reports.

The left-back was arguably one of a few players that emerged from Ronny Deila's final season in charge with any credit after a stunning campaign saw him go from a prospect on the periphery of the first-team and become a key man for the Hoops.

New Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers during the press conference

And Rodgers has seemingly confirmed that the 19-year-old is showing more than enough to suggest that he will have no problem avoiding being a one-season wonder.

When asked whether he had been able to form a confident prediction on whether Tierney will be a top player after just a couple of days of pre-season training, Rodgers emphatically told the Telegraph: "For sure – absolutely 100 per cent he will be. Having worked with young players and lots of them and seen them grow and develop there's no question about that.

"Everything about him stood out – attitude, he's 18 years of age and quicker than I had thought. I had only seen him on the telly in highlights and clips but when you see him close up, he's a super athlete, strong, quick, balanced, aggressive, wonderful left foot, will get better, still has bits to improve, defends, hard to beat, wants to go forward, good size, and personality."

Celtic's Kieran Tierney celebrates winning the Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership at the end of the game

The manager's faith in Tierney's ability will not only provide the defender with a huge amount of confidence ahead of the new campaign, but it will also send a positive message to the other youngsters hoping to break into the team in the future.

Deila was willing to give some of the prospects a chance, but those same youngsters may have had concerns that the Northern Irishman's arrival may have had an impact on their hopes of earning more opportunities, especially with the level of expectation that exists following the former Liverpool boss' appointment. 

But with Rodgers arguably confirming that Tierney has a key role to play during his tenure, it appears that the boss has no concerns about relying on the younger members of the squad if he feels that they are ready. 

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