KRIS COMMONS has hailed the courage of  former Celtic team-mate Kieran Tierney in his surge to the top for club and country.

And the ex-Hoops midfielder reckons the Scotland international left-back is a candidate to eventually become a captain at club and country level.

Commons, who retired from playing at the end of the summer to pursue a career in the media, recalled how the 20-year-old defender overcame serious setbacks to cement his place in the top side, replacing fans’ favourite Emilio Izaguirre.

He said: “As a left-back, he’s improved dramatically since I saw him emerge as a teenager. Don’t forget he suffered a broken leg twice after getting into the first team.

“Kieran’s been linked with all of the top clubs in England and he’s just grown and grown. His strength and his rapport with the supporters has propelled him not only into Celtic’s starting XI, but also into the category of Scotland’s next captain, which is remarkable for someone so young.

“Scott Brown is the pinnacle of captains for me, in terms of dominating games and dictating the tempo of them.

“But Kieran is certainly a candidate at a time when there isn’t an obvious, outstanding individual.”

Tierney led the Hoops in Brown’s absence in the 5-0 League Cup encounter with Kilmarnock at Parkhead in August.

And celebrated in style with a 40-yard wonder strike that won him the Celtic Goal of the Year award.

He also skippered his nation against Holland at Pittodrie earlier in the campaign with the Dutch winning 1-0 in the friendly.

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