KIERAN TIERNEY has admitted he is “dying” to score a goal before the end of the season.
The Celtic left-back claimed his first strike for the Hoops in the 7-0 victory over Motherwell at Parkhead on the final day of the previous campaign on May 15.
Now the 19-year-old defender, who has made the No.3 position his own after taking over from Emilio Izaguirre, wants to add goals to his repertoire.
Tierney has been out of luck in the last two games with a drive that crashed off the Inverness Caley Thistle crossbar on Sunday followed by another clattering effort in the encounter against Alloa.
He said: “We made so many chances in midweek and even I hit the bar. The ball sat up perfectly for a left-foot volley, I hit it and I was just out of luck.
“A couple of inches down and it would have been a goal. It was the same in Inverness, too, when I struck the woodwork.
“Yes, I admit I’m dying to score a goal. I certainly want one before the last game of the campaign!
“Hopefully, one of my shots will go in soon.”
Tierney, capped for Scotland for the first time last season in the 1-0 friendly win over Denmark, said: “The manager has told the full-backs he wants us to be up and down the pitch throughout the match, so your fitness has to be good.
“We’re in the Champions League, the treble is still on and if I can keep my place and form, I hope to play my part in all the competitions.
“It’s two matches a week, but, as a footballer, you just love playing games.”
The teenager also welcomed the return of Croatian Under-21 centre-half Jozo Simunovic for his first start of the season against Jack Ross’ part-timers on Wednesday.
He added: “It was nice to see Jozo back. He has worked for months in training and, hopefully, he will get his reward on the pitch.”
Kieran Tierney was talking to Celtic TV.
Talking of Celtic left backs, CELTIC author Paul John Dykes speaks to ex-Celtic captain, Andy Lynch, about his forthcoming autobiography, ‘Hoops, Stars & Stripes’.
In episode 1 of this exclusive CQN webcast, ‘On The Road’, Andy reminisces about his early days in junior football, and how it was Hearts who finally signed him on professional forms in 1969.
Join Andy Lynch in this exclusive three-part CQN webcast, where he takes a walk down memory lane in advance of the release of his autobiography, ‘Hoops, Stars & Stripes’, which is released by CQN Books in October 2016.
On the Road with Andy Lynch Part 1 is displayed below. Part 2 will be posted next Friday.