Celtic youngster raves about Kieran Tierney

Kieran Tierney celebrates scoring the first goal for Celtic

The 19-year-old is one of Celtic's most important players already.

Kieran Tierney celebrates scoring the first goal for Celtic

Celtic defender Eoghan O’Connell has revealed to The Scottish Sun that Kieran Tierney is somebody who everybody looks up to within the Hoops set-up.

Despite his age, the 19-year-old is already one of Celtic's most important players after an excellent debut season last term in which he was named Scotland's Young Player of the Year.

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

The young left-back is certainly a player who manager Brendan Rodgers will be relying on for consistency this season.

O'Connell, who scored in Saturday's 1-1 friendly draw with Leicester City, will be hoping to have a similar impact on Celtic's first team this season, with the 20-year-old admitting that everybody has plenty of respect for young Tierney.

Eoghan O'Connell scores the first goal for Celtic

“Everyone looks up to KT. He settled in superbly last year and had a brilliant season," he told The Scottish Sun.

“He is a bit younger than me, but he has set the benchmark with the season he had.

“You can’t really argue with the awards he won and the season he had. What a season it was.”

Eoghan O'Connell celebrates with team mates after scoring the first goal for Celtic

O'Connell, who spent last season on loan with Cork City, may have been slightly disappointed to see the arrival of veteran centre-back Kolo Toure.

Toure's signing pushes the young Irishman further down the pecking order at Paradise and it remains to be seen whether youngster will be retained by Rodgers this season.

He is also behind Dedryck Boyata, Erik Sviatchenko and Efe Ambrose, although the latter might well leave the club.

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