KIERAN TIERNEY, Celtic’s exciting left-back prospect, insists he has a long way to go before he matches the achievements of Emilio Izaguirre.

The 18-year-old defender was outstanding n Sunday’s 5-0 win over Dundee United at Parkhead as he drew fouls which led to his team’s second and third goals.

Tierney received the Man of the Match award and his display was praised by Ronny Deila, who brought him into the line-up at the expense of Honduras international Izaguirre following the 3-1 loss to Molde on Thursday night in Norway.

The youngster, though, is keen to play down the impact has has made since his introduction to the top side. He said: “Emilio is a great player. He has played in the Champions League and World Cup, so I still have a long way to go.

“He has great experience and he has been great with me. I still look up to him and I talk to him at training and he gives me tips.

“It was my fourth start of the season and I know I need to keep on working on all my weaknesses.

“I have had meetings with John Collins and John Kennedy which have been great.

“They tell you the positives and also the negatives you need to work on and I do that after training, but I have been absolutely delighted with the faith the manager has put in me.

“He threw me into some big games at such a young age which has been absolutely great. Attacking is a very big part of my armoury, especially the way the manager wants to play.

“I need to do it for 90 minutes. As you saw against Dundee United I was kind of tired at the end, so I need to get that out of my game and try to last 90 minutes easily.”

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