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Starlet Tierney happy to prove his staying power

Celtic's teenage defender Kieran Tierney is glad to have developed into a 90-minute man. The 18-year-old left-back has earned rave reviews since ousting Honduras international Emilio Izaguirre this season.

However, Tierney, a product of the Hoops' academy, insists he does not feel established and is happy at still being on the pitch when the final whistle blows.

"I've played seven 90 minutes in a row now so I'm delighted," he said ahead of the visit of Dundee in the Ladbrokes Premiership tonight.

"At the start of the season I was getting to 70, 75 minutes and having to come off because I was tired, but I'm getting used to it.

"I don't know when I'll ever feel like that (first-team regular). I don't think it's a bad thing. It means I still need to work hard."

Tierney's last appearances for Celtic was in the 1-1 draw against Hamilton at New Douglas Park last Friday. He is looking to get back to winning ways against sixth-placed Dundee.

"We're looking forward to getting back to winning ways. We'll work hard and hopefully we can," he added. "They have a few dangers up front and on the right wing as well. If I'm playing left-back then I'll have a lot to do."

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