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Celtic boss suggests time-line for when Tierney could potentially leave

Celtic’s Kieran Tierney has reportedly attracted interest from Southampton.

Celtic boss Ronny Deila believes defender Kieran Tierney should remain at he club for at least another few years before moving on to a bigger league, the Herald Scotland reports.

The newly-capped Scotland international came through to the Celtic first-team as a 17-year-old and has since managed to establish himself as a regular in Ronny Deila’s starting eleven.

The now 18-year-old has huge potential, and reports in the Scottish Sun suggests strong interest from south of the border is already evident as Southampton monitor his progress ahead of the summer.

Deila, commenting on the speculation, believes Tierney has the raw ability to reach the top but suggests he should remain at Celtic for at least a couple more years before potentially moving on.

"The most important thing for Kieran is to stay at Celtic. Everything has happened very quickly but he needs experience. He needs to play over time and he gets that here,” Deila explained to the HS.

"He needs to be here for at least one, two or three more years and hopefully he will develop even more. He can be a big player for Celtic and we will see what is happening after that.”

“He has all the attributes a professional footballer needs to have. He is very curious, very disciplined and works hard every day in training. That is the start – his attitude is fantastic.”

Tierney recently topped off a dream individual campaign by winning his first Scotland cap as he was selected for the friendly against Denmark ahead of Rangers skipper Lee Wallace.

The talented left-back is fast becoming a favourite at Celtic Park and many of the club’s supporters are already labelling him Scotland’s most promising player for a number of years.

The Celtic youth product is fast, agile and intelligent on the ball - traits which will see him go far in the game.

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