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Tierney lives dream but is in no rush to take Celtic captaincy


By Ronnie Esplin

Kieran Tierney believes he lived the dream of every Celtic fan by leading the Hoops out as captain. The 20-year-old had skippered the side in a challenge match against Sunderland but took over the armband from suspended Scott Brown for the first time in a competitive match in Tuesday's Betfred Cup tie against Kilmarnock at Parkhead.

To cap a memorable evening for the Scotland defender he scored the goal of the game - a 40-yard drive - in an emphatic 5-0 win for a much-changed home side.

Boss Brendan Rodgers insisted afterwards that Tierney has all the qualities to succeed Brown as permanent skipper but the former Celtic youth player, delighted as he was to take the lead in the pre-match huddle, is in no rush.

"I think if you asked every Celtic fan in the world if they wanted to be captain then the obvious answer is yes," said Tierney. "But Browny is here for a good few more years yet.

"Walking the team out and giving your speech in the huddle is unbelievable, it is every fan's dream. I have done it and I hope it's not the last time. It's an historic club and it's had some great, great captains.

"Obviously right now is one of the greatest in Scott Brown. I look up to him in every single way. He helps me on and off the pitch every single day and he's just a total leader."

Meanwhile, former Celtic captain Roy Aitken has been named as the latest club ambassador.

Aitken, who made 672 appearances for the Parkhead club, joins Billy McNeill, Davie Hay and Tom Boyd in the role and will represent the Scottish treble-winners across a range of activities.

Aitken won 57 Scotland caps and featured in both the 1986 and 1990 World Cups.

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