Kieran Tierney is a fantastic player, one possessing maturity beyond his years. Still only 21-years old, he has been a fixture in the Celtic team for almost four years at this stage.
When he steps onto the pitch, you know exactly the type of performance he will produce. While technically excellent, he is also fully committed and does not shirk a challenge. It may not surprise you that this attitude extends onto the training field.
Former Celtic boss Ronny Deila has revealed that the youngster was so intense in training matches, that his teammates were afraid to go head-to-head with him. He told the 20 Minute Tims podcast (h/t Daily Record):
When you see the best players like Kieran Tierney, who is an unbelievable professional, every day in training he was going at it like a Cup final and no one wanted to play him on the wing because he was kicking them down all the time.
Scott Brown, you can tell he's a funny guy, sometimes he talks like he's not so professional but for me he was really professional because he came every day and gave 100 per cent."
These type of players are so important for the group and they always want to improve, always want to get better and are not satisfied with just winning.
It was minus 2 degrees and you these players in shorts and a t-shirt like Tierney and Brown and that's mentality in my opinion.
That was something I really, really admired.
Tierney and Brown have been instrumental for The Hoops this season as they go in search of the 'treble treble', and they look well positioned to accomplish that incredible feat at this stage of the season.
The only concern Celtic have with Tierney is being able to hang onto the youngster, with a number of clubs down south believed to be interested in signing him this summer.