Celtic ace included in Europa League Team of the Week

Celtic Manager Brendan Rodgers celebrates during the William Hill Scottish Cup Final between Celtic and Aberdeen at Hampden Park on May 27, 2017 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Celtic beat Bundesliga high-flyers RB Leipzig in the Europa League on Thursday and Kieran Tierney was once again key for Brendan Rodgers' side.

Kieran Tierney of Celtic controls the ball during the UEFA Europa League Group B match between Celtic and RB Leipzig at Celtic Park on November 8, 2018 in Glasgow, United Kingdom.

Celtic’s performances in Europe have been heavily criticised this season and, in some respects, that was more than understandable.

The Hoops failed to qualify for the Champions League after a wholly avoidable defeat against a limited AEK Athens side and they also lost two of their first three games in the Europa League campaign to boot, collapsing against RB Leipzig and Salzburg.

So Celtic needed a response heading into the return game against Leipzig on Thursday night. And, thanks largely to the brilliant Kieran Tierney, they got one.

 

The left-back has been arguably Celtic’s star performer in Europe this season and was the driving force behind the hugely impressive 2-1 win against their Bundesliga opposition at Parkhead.

It was Tierney who opened the scoring, firing home brilliantly at the end of a flowing move. And he was in inspired form at both ends of the pitch, powering forward on the overlap while dominating Leipzig’s attackers with an impressive defensive display.

Celtic's Scottish defender Kieran Tierney celebrates after scoring during a UEFA Europa league group stage football match between Celtic and Liepzig at Celtic Park stadium in Glasgow,...

And the Scotland international has now been rewarded with a place in UEFA’s official Europa League Team of the Week alongside the likes of Fenerbahce playmaker Mathieu Valbuena, Villarreal goalkeeper Andres Fernandez and Salzburg’s hat-trick hero Takum Minamino.

Any praise is richly deserved for a player who seems to be key to Celtic’s hopes of playing European football after Christmas.

Nordi Mukiele of RB Leipzig holds off Kieran Tierney of Celtic during the UEFA Europa League Group B match between Celtic and RB Leipzig at Celtic Park on November 8, 2018 in Glasgow,...

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