Kieran Tierney explains his Celtic decision

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

Kieran Tierney was linked with Arsenal, Liverpool, Southampton, Chelsea and Manchester City before he signed a new contract with Celtic.

Kieran Tierney celebrates scoring the first goal for Celtic

Celtic defender Kieran Tierney has told The Daily Record that he did not have any problem in committing his long-term future to the club.

The 19-year-old left-back has put pen to paper on a new five-year deal which will see him remain at Celtic until the summer of 2021.

The Scotland international broke into the Bhoys’ first team towards the end of the 2014-15 season, making his debut against St Johnstone at McDairmid Park on May 15, 2015.

Fenerbahce's Lazar Markovic in action with Celtic's Kieran Tierney and Stefan Johansen

The hugely talented youngster enjoyed a successful 2015-16 campaign on a personal level.

Tierney made a total of 34 appearances for Celtic last season, as the Hoops won the Scottish Premiership title yet again.

The teenager was also named Scotland's Young Player of the Year for his performances last season.

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

Back in April, HITC Sport reported of Premier League giants Chelsea and Manchester City’s interest in the Celtic defender.

Last month, The Scottish Sun claimed that Liverpool, Arsenal and Southampton are monitoring the youngster.

Tierney has admitted that he was pleased with the speculation, but he has made it clear that he did not ever think of leaving Celtic.

“They are huge clubs and it’s the Premier League so of course you take a bit of pride in that,” Tierney told The Daily Record when asked about (reported) interest from Liverpool and Arsenal. “But I never thought about leaving at all.

“My mates were winding me up, sending me screenshots of the stories as a joke but they knew I had no plans to leave.

“You think about the interest but it never crossed my mind to leave. I’m delighted to be here and sign that new contract.”

Celtic will be aiming to win the Scottish Premiership title during the 2016-17 campaign, although Brendan Rodgers’s side are likely to be given a run for their money by Old Firm rivals Rangers.

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