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CELTIC LEGEND PRAISES TIERNEY

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CELTIC legend Davie Hay insists Kieran Tierney is clear proof Brendan Rodgers is getting things right at Parkhead.
The former Hoops manager and player said: “The tale of Kieran running through the Hampden car park to get back in and lift the Scottish Cup, is one that will go down into Celtic folklore.

“For me, the 19-year-old is a real throwback to players of my own generation, right down to the way that he holds himself, his build, his approach to the game and his real understanding of what it means to play for Celtic.

“In many ways, his response to the injury and getting back to make sure he got his hands on the trophy is indicative of the way Celtic have gone about their business this season – there has been hunger, a relentlessness and real heart about the side.

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“Tierney has had a pivotal role in that and I don’t think anyone will quibble with the suggestion that he is a boy with a massive career ahead of him.

“For now, though, he is in no rush to go anywhere and Celtic have no need to sell.

“It is remarkable how young he is and he will have learned so much in the past couple of seasons, especially with his exposure to the Europa League and the Champions League.

“I also have to say that I don’t have too much doubt in my mind about whether Jayden Stockley meant what he did or not. It was what I would call discreetly deliberate, but, to my mind, he knew exactly what he was doing.

“I know he denied it after the game and Aberdeen will be quick to defend their player, but he is a big guy and you simply don’t cause that kind of damage just by swinging your arms and moving your body.

“There had to be a fair bit of force behind it, although it was cute enough that you could watch it back and not know if he meant it or not.

“I have my own opinion and I suspect that Tierney did, too, judging by his reaction going off the pitch.”

Hay, who is now a club ambassador, added: “The lad deserved his moment up there and it seems fitting that his story of the Final is one that will be retold over the years.

“He plays with the heart of a lion and I suspect that he will have at least another couple of seasons at Celtic yet.”

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