Highly-rated Scottish star snubs Premier League interest

Date published: Friday 24th June 2016 8:41

Kieran Tierney: Being linked with move

Reported Arsenal and Liverpool target Kieran Tierney has ended speculation about his Celtic future after he signed a new five-year contract.

The 19-year-old signed the extended deal a few days after new Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers spoke to him about his future.

Rodgers realised Celtic should secure the left-back on a longer deal – his previous contract had three years left to run – during his first day on the Lennoxtown training ground.

And Tierney did not hesitate.

“I’m delighted to be here,” he said. “For me, my future is only here just now.

“You get people asking you if you’re staying but I didn’t have much doubt in my mind.”

On Rodgers’ influence, Tierney said: “He spoke to me after the first day of training and I’ve signed now so it has happened so quickly, I’m delighted.

“As a Celtic fan it’s not hard to persuade me to sign a five-year deal.

“The manager didn’t need to sell it much. I wasn’t thinking about leaving at all. He said we’d get a contract in place and that’s what he did.

“It’s exactly what you want, and now it’s signed, I can just focus on football.”

Tierney made 34 appearances last season, displacing Emilio Izaguirre as first-choice left-back, and made his Scotland debut against Denmark in March, bypassing the under-21s.

“The word I used last season was ‘crazy’ and it’s still crazy now,” said the teenager, who was born on the Isle of Man but brought up in Lanarkshire.

“I only signed a four-year deal 10 or 11 months ago so to sign a new deal is great.

“You try to think about it but it’s still mad and it’s still hard to take in, but this season I just hope I can do the same.

“Everybody’s expectations will be really high this year but as a football player at Celtic, you need to deal with that and I hope I can.

“Everyone needs to prove themselves. He (Rodgers) said that it’s a fresh start for everybody, if you didn’t play last year you will still get the same chance as everyone who did.”

Tierney won a league winners’ medal in his debut season and excelled in an otherwise disappointing Europa League campaign for the club, but he has loftier targets this term.

“We want to get Champions League,” he said. “We’ve not been in the Champions League the last two years and that’s what everyone is aiming for.”

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