Kieran Tierney: Ronny Deila deserves credit for putting faith in me

first_imgTierney didn’t even get to go to last year’s event because he was so new to the scene and credits his manager for putting so much faith in him in such a short space of time.“It’s been mad for me to come all this way,” he said. “I won Young Player of the Year for Celtic last season which was great for me but obviously this one is bigger as it’s the full awards.“I thought I would be in and out [of the team], maybe playing in cup games, because I played against Raith Rovers in the cup, but the manager has put great faith in me and I’m grateful for that.”Tierney, who won his first senior cap for Scotland last month in a friendly win over Denmark, added that he has not changed as a person despite his successful season in the limelight. Celtic defender Kieran Tierney says Ronny Deila must be credited for putting faith in him this season because he went into the campaign as an inexperienced youngster.The 18-year old who has been shortlisted for the PFA Scotland Young Player of the Year award, had less than 90 senior minutes to his name at the start of the season.He has since forced his way into Ronny Deila’s starting line-up though, dislodging Emilio Izaguirre at left back and forging a name for himself as a new fans’ favourite.A year to the day he was playing for the Celtic Under-20s, Tierney was announced as one of the four nominees in the running for the best young player in the country accolade. He will come up against Rangers’ Barrie McKay and Hibs duo John McGinn and Jason Cummings for the gong at a ceremony this weekend. “It’s what you want when you’re a wee guy, you want to play for Celtic and be known,” he continued. “Apart from that, what I do outside of training nothing has changed.”last_img

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