Kieran Tierney spoke of the honour of being given the captain’s armband for Celtic when they faced Red Bull Salzburg in the Europa League last week, the Daily Record reports.
With Scott Brown missing for the Hoops, Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers opted to give the armband to lifelong Celtic supporter and Scotland international Tierney.
Still just 21-years-old, Tierney spoke of the honour of captaining the Scottish giants:
I’ve worked hard my entire life for moments like that.
Walking out the tunnel and going into the huddle is something I’ve dreamed for as long as I can remember.
That’s when you see your hard work paying off and making it all worth it.
I was told on the day of the game.
It was about three or four hours before kick-off the gaffer told me. He said in Broony’s absence I would be captain for the night.
I’ve got a lot to thank him for after putting that trust in me for a massive game – especially for me being as young as I am. I owe Brendan Rodgers for that.
I didn’t tell my mum or dad I was going to be captain. I don’t like doing things like that before the game.
My mum saw it on the TV and my dad was at the game.
He wouldn’t have known until the team news was announced on social media. But he doesn’t even use social media so someone told him before the game.
I later had a text from my mum saying she was extremely proud.
I’ve walked out with the armband a few times now but you notice these wee details each time.
The armband was the green UEFA one that has ‘Respect’ written on it so it’s different to the other two I have.
I hold on to them because they represent achievements I’m really proud of.
However, Celtic fell to a 3-1 defeat to Red Bull despite an early Odsonne Edouard goal putting the Hoops ahead.
There are points we could have done better and I know myself I could have done better.
You’re going to take a knock after a result like that and you’re going to take a bit of stick as well.
That pressure is just something you need to get used to at Celtic.