Celtic’s Kieran Tierney has been included in yet another prestigious list of young players to watch in Europe.
The Scotland international has been a regular in the Celtic first team since the 2015/16 season, but he truly announced himself to the world in 2017, coming back from a serious knee injury to play a significant role in the second half of Celtic’s treble-winning campaign.
This season he has already made 20 Scottish Premiership appearances and been one of the Hoops’ standout performers in Europe while also captaining his club and country at just 20 years of age.
Despite the Glasgow giants being defeated in all but one of their Champions League outings this term (a 3-0 win over Anderlecht in which Tierney provided an assist), he has come to be admired across the continent for his ability down the left flank.
The Isle of Man-born defender has won three trophies with Celtic already and has also been recognised with individual accolades such as the PFA Scotland Young Player of the Year award for two seasons running, only highlighting further his undeniable talent.
Following on from all this success, UEFA have named the 20-year-old in their ’50 for the future’ list, which includes some of the best young players around Europe, including Under-17 World Cup winner with England Phil Foden, who currently plays for Manchester City, as well as Ryan Sessegnon, who has been lighting up the Championship at full-back with Fulham.
Like Sessegnon, Tierney’s talent hasn’t gone unnoticed amongst Europe’s biggest clubs and reports indicate Manchester United could bring one of the two defenders to Old Trafford should other targets not sign on the dotted line.
For now though he is a crucial part of the Scottish side’s starting XI as they aim to win their seventh league title in a row.