CALVIN MILLER has revealed his pal Kieran Tierney is his role model.
However, the consistent form of the Scottish international left-back means the 20-year-old converted winger rarely gets an opportunity to shine in the Hoops first team.
Miller made only his second start of the season in yesterday’s goalless draw against St Johnstone at Parkhead as the champions edged nine points clear at the top of the Premiership.
The youngster said: “It’s difficult when you have someone such as Kieran in front of you because he has done really well.
“I was playing a year above myself, so I was in the same age group as him and we went to school together.
“We have always been close, he is a good mate. I have watched what he’s done and his performances.
“I am back-up, so I just have to work hard then, hopefully, I will keep getting opportunities like this.
“If they come along then all you can do is come into the team and try to make an impact then see what happens.
“I am training with the best people in the league, so you can only become better. I am learning from KT and the rest of the lads every day.
“It was a tough game against Saints, when you are training away and then just get thrown in, it’s hard.
“My last game was months ago because you need consistency, that’s a big part of playing and especially at a club such as Celtic.
“I thought I did okay, so all I can do is keep working hard and, hopefully, I will get another chance.”
Miller said: “I have only been playing this position for a year, so it’s still new to me and it’s tough. I am learning about it and putting hard work in.
“The manager wanted me to become a full-back, we didn’t have a left back against Manchester City, so I went there.
“I was decent on the ball, but defensively I struggled a bit because I hadn’t played it before.
“I am working on that, I have become more aggressive because you need that playing full-back or wing-back.
“It’s a new position, but I think I am getting better at both sides of the game. It is a kind of wing-back role he is asking me to play and I am enjoying it.”
Perth boss Tommy Wright admitted he wanted to sign Miller on a loan deal in last months transfer window.
The pacy defender added: “I was aware they wanted me at Christmas time. There is a big squad here, a lot of players, so I was going to be going out on loan.
“But we got a few injuries, so the gaffer told me he wanted me to stay closer to the squad.
“He just told me to work hard and that’s how I got my chance because I have been doing that.”