Brendan Rodgers hailed young defender Kieran Tierney after his performance against Kilmarnock in the League Cup last night.
Tierney was given the Captain’s armband and guided his side to an emphatic 5-0 home win over Kilmarnock to send them through to the quarter-finals of the League Cup.
The 20-year-old even got on the scoresheet himself after 65 minutes, when his thunderbolt of a shot from 40 yards out found it’s way into the top corner of the net.
He was given the task of slotting in at centre-back, but that didn’t stop him from picking up the MOTM award after a sublime performance.
The Celtic boss had some motivational words for the Scottish international and even tipped him to become club captain in the near future.
As quoted by the Scotsman, Rodgers said:
He’s made for it, there’s no doubt about that. We’ve got some real senior guys at the club. I could give anyone the captain’s armband; Craig Gordon or Mikael Lustig. But if you’re talking for the future once Brown’s time is up – which won’t be for a few years yet – then he’s made for it.
He’s of that ilk. Kieran doesn’t waste his time doing stupid things, he’s concentrated on his football. He lives his life to be a player, he’s not drinking, he trains like an animal every day and wherever you ask him to play he plays it to a high level. Tactically he’s improving all the time and he’s an absolute joy to work with.
He would fit the mould of a captain, he’s certainly got the credentials. You have to be careful what age you give it to them but there’s no doubt he’s on that journey to one day lead the club for sure.
He took great pride in winning the Dafabet Cup against Sunderland [in the pre-season friendly]. It means everything to him, to go into the huddle and say his speech. He’s one of those young guys that really inspires through his performance.
Academy graduate right-back Anthony Ralston bagged his first ever goal for the senior side at just 18 years of age, and was one of a number of outstanding performers last night.
Rodgers opted for a younger starting-eleven that included five teenagers from kick-off and paid dividends as his side were hungry and dominant throughout.
Kristoffer Ajer, Kundai Benyu, Kouassi Eboue and Calvin Miller were the other youngsters who were given the chance to impress and will all look to push for more appearances in the first-team in the near future.
Eboue however did pick up an injury and will be assessed over the coming days as he looked in agony on the touchline towards the end of the first-half with an apparent knee injury.