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Deila hails Celtic teen star Tierney

By Ronnie Esplin

Celtic manager Ronny Deila believes Kieran Tierney is set to attract numerous suitors following his first cap for Scotland.

Southampton are believed to be interested in the 18-year-old left-back, who only forced his way into the Celtic team this season before featuring for Gordon Strachan's side in the first-half of the 1-0 friendly win over Denmark on Tuesday.

The Norwegian expressed little surprise over the link with the Premier League club and expects more of the same.

"I can tell you one thing, that is not the last club you come up with," said Deila ahead of today's Ladbrokes Premiership clash with Hearts at Parkhead.

"When you are playing for the Scotland national team at 18 years old and you play regularly for Celtic, of course the clubs will be after him, but he is going to stay here, that is the best thing for his development.

"Now, he just has to have the consistency, play all the time and be a very important player for us."

League leaders Celtic are four points ahead of second-placed Aberdeen with a game in hand and Deila is looking to push home the advantage before the split.

After hosting Hearts, Celtic visit Dundee on Tuesday night before facing Motherwell at Fir Park next week.

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