KIERAN TIERNEY is likely to face Lithuania and Slovakia in Scotland’s forthcoming World Cup double-header.
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But Hoops boss Brendan Rodgers believes his left-back will still be kicking every ball for CELTIC!
The Irishman said: “For someone who has just turned 19 years of age, you have a real special talent up here in Scotland.
“What I love about Kieran is that every pass he makes is for Celtic. Every header he makes is for Celtic. Every tackle is for Celtic. He absolutely loves Celtic and it’s great to see.
“I think he would be in the stand if he wasn’t playing. I reckon he was looking for his mates after the second goal against Manchester City last week.
“He is living the dream, a kid who has come through the system and gets a chance.”
Tierney broke a leg almost two years ago, but fought back with true grit to take the No.3 shirt from Honduran international defender Emilio Izaguirre.
Rodgers added: “I think where you see his character is that he has had a trauma with that injury. To then come back from that shows the character he has.
“I always look at the young players who have had the little traumas in their life.
“The ones who have come through them tend to kick on. There is something in that adverse moment that can make you.
“But he is on a great path. He is physical, he is strong, he is performing very well and has a bit of composure on the ball. The the more games he plays at this level, the better he will become.
“There is really big potential in him and he’s still learning the game.”