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Celtic's Kieran Tierney wants European night to remember at Parkhead

By Andy Newport

Published 03/11/2015

Kieran Tiernan was a ball boy just three years ago, tonight he will be in the thick of the action
Kieran Tiernan was a ball boy just three years ago, tonight he will be in the thick of the action

Former Celtic ball boy Kieran Tierney got a close-up view of one of the Hoops' biggest ever European triumphs - and now he wants to help create another Parkhead night to remember.

The young left-back was just 15 when he was tasked with the fetch-and-return duties during the 2012 Champions League clash with Barcelona, and he was positioned just feet away from Victor Wanyama when he powered home the first goal to help down the Catalan stars 2-1.

The memories of that night are among the lifelong Hoops supporter's most cherished Celtic Park experiences.

Now the Scotland Under-19 international is aiming to play a more significant part when his side welcome Molde in a make-or-break Europa League clash on Thursday. Tierney, whose European debut saw his side throw away a two-goal lead against Fenerbache in a 2-2 draw last month, said: "I have always loved these big European nights. I remember being at school and I would be buzzing all day before them.

"I couldn't concentrate on my work because I'd spent the whole day talking to my friends about the game that night.

"When you are out there and the fans are singing 'Walk On', it's always amazing.

"I've got great memories of coming here as a fan. I was here when Shunsuke Nakamura scored against Manchester United and I was a ball boy at the Barcelona game when Victor Wanyama and Tony Watt scored.

"I was sat in the corner, singing all the songs with the fans. I was at the same end as the Wanyama goal. When they scored it was brilliant.

"Now I'd love to sample those kind of occasions as a player. They were great wins and if we win on Thursday it will be a great win."

Meanwhile Celtic midfielder Nir Bitton has agreed a new long-term contract, the Glasgow giants have confirmed.

The Israeli international has penned a new five-year deal which will tie him to Parkhead until the summer of 2020.

Signed by former boss Neil Lennon, the anchor man has become an integral part of current manager Ronny Deila's line-up.

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