As Celtic prepare to play Hamilton Academical in the Quarter Final of the The Little Big Shot Scottish Youth Cup, defender Kieran Tierney insists they’re out to win it.
The 17 year old made his comeback from a broken ankle in Monday night’s 2-0 win over Motherwell and says preparations are going well.
“It was fantastic to get the first half under my belt and get the win in tricky conditions. From now until the end of the season I’m focused on playing as much as I can, and that starts with the Under 20’s. We’ve played Hamilton a few times and I’m confident if we play the way we can then we’ll progress to the semi final.”
After making his debut in Celtic’s 6-1 defeat to Tottenham Hotspur in a pre season friendly, a series of impressive performances saw him included in Ronny Deila’s eighteen man squad for their Europa League clash with Dinamo Zagreb.
Speaking in the build up to Thursday’s match, Tierney commented:
“It was brilliant to be part of the squad for that game, travelling and training with the first team for such an important fixture was an incredible experience. It was a really intense game and showed me the amount of work required to play at that level.”
It has been these performances which have helped the current SPFL Development League Champions keep in touch with second place Accies and Aberdeen, who sit top of the pile with nine games remaining.
Celtic have seen off Motherwell and Dundee United on the road to the Quarter Final, winning 2-0 and 3-0 respectively. Winning four of their last five league matches means Celtic are the form team heading into this tie against a strong Accies side who put eight past Falkirk last week, the first time any team has done so far this campaign.
Should Stevie Frail’s young Hoops with their three league matches in hand, they will go a point ahead of Guillaume Beuzelin’s Accies side, with a trip to New Douglas Park still to come.
With teammates Liam Henderson, Calum Waters and Paul McMullan currently away on international duty with Scotland Under 19’s, Tierney said:
“It’s great to see the boys get international recognition, and of course it’s an extra incentive to do well. We’ve all been supporting them and it’s great that Calum and Paul will hopefully be back in time and added to the squad for Thursday.”
Tierney became a YouTube sensation in October last year after he scored this sensational 90 yard goal against Hearts, a clip that has since amassed 125,000 views.
Celtic host Hamilton Accies on Thursday night at Cappielow, Kick off is 7pm.