Tierney takes Collins compliment

Kieran Tierney

Gavin McCafferty

Celtic left-back Kieran Tierney is not thinking of himself as a £5million player after being given the mantle by assistant manager John Collins.

Collins stated last week that the 18-year-old was "playing like a £5million full-back".

But the teenager, who has made 10 first-team appearances, said: "I don't tend to think like that at all. I just try to stay quiet, keep my head down and keep working hard. It was obviously a great compliment. It doesn't come around often.

"John was the same kind of player, left-footed and quite small, so he is a good person to look up to and a good person at training. He helps me a lot. So I'm happy he gave me it.

"I don't tend to look at the papers all the time but sometimes it's unavoidable, some people tell me. A lot of the positive feedback I've been getting is good for the confidence."

Tierney was speaking at Hampden after watching Celtic drawn against Stranraer in the fourth round of the William Hill Scottish Cup.

And he hopes he can return to the national stadium to lift the trophy in May.

"I've been to a few cups finals and we've won," he said. "So as a fan it's been great for me. Hopefully as a player it can be great for me too."