The Next Roberto Carlos? Celtic’s Kieran Tierney Reveals His Inspiration

The Next Roberto Carlos? Celtic’s Kieran Tierney Reveals His Inspiration

Kieran Tierney has been a revelation since breaking into the Celtic first-team this season, and the young left-back is eyeing a permanent spot in the Hoops starting XI.

Tierney started the weekend’s 5-0 thumping of Dundee United, with his rampaging runs down the left flank leading to a foul for a penalty, which was slotted away by Kris Commons.

The youngster only turned 18 in June but he has already caught the eye of Ronny Deila and his back-room staff, and was awarded a four-year deal back in August.

But the Celtic support have been keen to know more about the young prodigy who could take over the mantel from Emilio Izzaguirre, and he’s been telling the club’s website how he’d like to emulate one of football’s true legends.

He said:

I tend to look at older full-backs like Roberto Carlos. He was always attacking, wasn’t afraid to shoot and a great defender.

Tierney also went on to discuss how it feels to be playing for the club he supported growing up, and what it’s like to realise a childhood dream.

He added:

The nerves going into the games are getting less and less each time so it helps me settle into the games quicker.

Every position at Celtic has quality players so it’s hard for young boys coming through but manager is giving us the chance.

I still get a bit nervous as playing for the team I support & every time I step out on that park, I’m just very grateful for the chance.

And on potentially replacing the man known to the Celtic support as Izzy, Tierney concluded:

He’s a great player who has played in World Cups and the Champions League¬†so I still have a long way to go.

He has great experience, a great player. I still look up to him and he still gives me tips at training. He’s been great with me.

Tierney also made his European debut earlier this season at home to Fenerbahce in the 2-2 draw, and will be eyeing a starting spot when Norwegian cracks Molde come to Glasgow on November 5.


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