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  • Kieran Tierney determined to make further progress at the club

    Kieran Tierney determined to make further progress at the club

    By: Kenny McKay on 06 Aug, 2014 21:40

  • THE game had just gone past the hour mark in Helsinki’s sun-filled Olympic stadium when a moment 10 years in the making finally arrived.

    As Celtic kicked off again against Tottenham Hotspur following Eric Lamela’s deflected goal – a strike which put the Londoners four goals in front during a tough pre-season tie for the Bhoys – one young Celt prepared to realise his dream.

    Instructed to warm up, Kieran Tierney leapt to his feet in a haze of excitement and disbelief. The 17-year-old had been told a few days before that he’d be making the trip to Finland with the first-team squad and now he was trying to come to terms with the fact that he would be making his Celtic debut.

    The lifelong Celtic fan first signed for his Bhoyhood idols as an awestruck seven-year-old and has steadily progressed through the ranks at Paradise, earning a reputation as a dependable wide-man both in defence and attack.

    However, Tierney insists nothing prepared him for the feeling of taking to the field in Finland.

    He said: “It was a dream come true. I can’t explain it better than that, but it was also such a shame about the result.

    “I got the phone call a few days ago from Stevie Frail telling me I was flying out and even that was a lot to take in.

    “Before I came on, I wasn’t even thinking about the score. All I had in my head was that I was playing for the team that I’ve always loved and supported and all I wanted to do was work hard.

    “I just heard the shout for me to warm up but I just froze. I didn’t know what to feel, it was just unbelievable. When you’re a wee boy, this is what you dream of. It’s been my life’s ambition to play for Celtic and it’s just happened.”

    Coming from a big Celtic-supporting background in Wishaw, the season-ticket holder would make the pilgrimage to Paradise on a regular basis to cheer on his heroes from the stands.

    As such, he is more than aware just how much his recent achievement will mean to his family who have supported him throughout his development at the club.

     “All of my family will be delighted and be completely buzzing for a few days over this,” he said. “I’ve got so much to thank them for and they are all Celtic-daft like me.

    “I’ve had a season ticket all my life and I’ve been going on the supporters’ buses with my family, singing the songs, hearing all the players’ names. It just made me want to be part of it and determined to give everything I had to play for Celtic.

    To read the full interview with Kieran Tierney, see this week’s Celtic View, out now.

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