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‘KT COULD BE THE NEW PAUL McSTAY,’ INSISTS KENNEDY

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JOHN KENNEDY reckons Kieran Tierney possesses the quality to follow the example of Paul McStay and stay at Celtic for his entire career.

The Hoops coach insists the 20-year-old defender’s love for the team could see him emerge as a one-club man just like the legend midfielder, who spent 16 years at Parkhead from 1981 to 1997.

Kennedy said: “Kieran could play in the top four in the Premier League.

“I’ve no issue with that, but it also wouldn’t surprise me if KT became the Paul McStay of his generation.

“He loves the club and the fans love him. He’s in a terrific place and really happy here.

“Not once has he spoken about going somewhere else and you can see his commitment in games.

“When you look at full-backs around the country and in England, he ticks all the boxes.

“You get a lot of full-backs who are very good attacking, but not so good at defending yet he can do both.

“The biggest things he has got going for him are his character and personality.

“If you are going to set an example for young players, he’s right up there with the likes of Scott Brown in terms of how he conducts himself, trains and plays.

“He never takes a day off. He’s always out there on the training pitch giving everything he’s got.

“He’s still got a bit to go in terms of learning the game and fine tuning some of things, but he’s in a good place to do that.

“Down the line he’ll be able to make the next step to a very high level.

“Would he stay at Celtic for all his career? You never know. It wouldn’t surprise me.

“Kieran and the club will decide that in the future. For the foreseeable future, he’ll be a Celtic player.”

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