By Craig Turnbull
Celtic boss Ronny Deila insists Southampton won’t be the only top Premier League club interested in Kieran Tierney after the youngster made his Scotland debut.
The Saints are reportedly interested in the 18-year-old who has been impressive for the Hoops this season and didn’t look out of place in Scotland’s 1-0 win over Denmark.
After signing Fraser Forster, Victor Wanyama and Virgil van Dijk from the Scottish champions, Ronald Koeman’s side are monitoring the progress of Tierney and Deila says they won’t be only ones doing so.
“I can tell you that Southampton won’t be the last club who is linked with Tierney,” he said.
“When you play at 18 years old in the national team and you’re playing regularly at Celtic of course clubs will be after him.
“But he’s going to stay here. That’s the best thing for his development. Now we just have to have consistency and he will be a very important player for us.”
Tierney has been a regular for Deila’s side this season, making 25 appearances since jumping ahead of Emilio Izaguirre in the pecking order.
“He’s a young kid, he’s mentally and physically strong and he’s adapted unbelievably quick,” he said.
“Why? Because he works unbelievably hard every day in training because he is a humble guy, he’s respectful, he’s always curious to learn new things and he’s very disciplined.
“When you have your eyes on improvement you get the results as well.
“I’m so happy for him but at the same time he’s not there yet there’s a lot he can improve on and he knows that himself.
“When you play for an international team and a huge club like Celtic that plays in Europe and play under pressure it’s a perfect situation for him.
“He gets to stay in Glasgow and be close to his friends and family and that’s important.”