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Wednesday 28 September 2016

Deila is not surprised at Tierney's rise

Scotland's Kieran Tierney vies with Yussuf Yurary Poulsen of Denmark during the International Friendly at Hampden Park
Scotland's Kieran Tierney vies with Yussuf Yurary Poulsen of Denmark during the International Friendly at Hampden Park

Celtic manager Ronny Deila believes Kieran Tierneyis set to attract numerous suitors following his first cap for Scotland.

Southampton are reportedly interested in the 18-year-old left-back, who only forced his way into the Celtic team this season before featuring for Gordon Strachan's side in the first half of the 1-0 friendly win over Denmark on Tuesday.

The Norwegian expressed little surprise over the link with the Saint and expects more of the same.

"I can tell you one thing, that is not the last club you come up with," said Deila ahead of today's SPL clash with Hearts at Parkhead.

"When you are playing for the Scotland national team at 18 years old and you play regularly for Celtic, of course the clubs will be after him. But he is going to stay here, that is the best thing for his development.

"Now, he just has to have the consistency, play all the time and be a very important player for us. He showed what we have seen at Celtic, he is ready at this level. He is a young kid, mentally strong, physically strong and has adapted unbelievably quickly."

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