Kieran Tierney scored Celtic’s 100th goal of the season during Saturday’s 6-0 demolition of Inverness in the Scottish Cup.
The Douglas-born full-back netted with a powerful header in the 86th minute of the Bhoys’ emphatic cup win at Park Head, a result which extended the Scottish Premier League champions’ unbeaten run to an incredible 30 games.
The 19-year-old has been nominated in the Under-21 Sportsman of the Year category for the Isle of Man Sports Awards, which take place at the Villa Marina next month on Wednesday, March 22.
Tierney has just returned following a lengthy injury lay-off caused by ankle and shoulder problems, but the attacking full-back has wasted little time in reaffirming his place in the Celtic first team.
He made his comeback in the Hoops’ 3-0 victory against Albion Rovers recently then followed it up with a man-of-the-match performance against St Johnstone which resulted in the youngster being included in the SPL Team of the Week.
During his time on the sidelines, Tierney could often be seen in the stands with the rest of the Celtic fans supporting his team, including the recent Glasgow Old Firm derby at Rangers.
Describing himself as a fan who’s living the dream, Tierney recently said: ’I hadn’t been at Ibrox as a fan for a good few years. To be back there on Hogmanay, especially with the win, was brilliant.
’I was in the Celtic tracksuit, I went with the squad. They were singing my name.
’We were in the front row, they’ve turned round and seen me and some of the other boys. I think the fans realise I support Celtic, just like them. They’ve seen that in other games - Thistle away and Kilmarnock away.
’I was just turning up as normal to support my team and it felt good.
’I was still watching it at Ibrox as a fan but I was watching what the full-backs were doing, just so you can learn. You may as well use it as a benefit when you are out.
’The last two or three months have been hard work but now I’m back I’m just enjoying it. I feel brilliant.
’When you’re injured, a lot of the time you’re working harder than the boys that are training because it’s game after game for them, so they are recovering then have another game.
’I was running every day, working hard in the gym so I feel fit.
’I was always going to get my shoulder done eventually. It needed to be done and I may as well have done it when I did my ankle so it killed two birds with one stone. Now I’m back feeling fit and there’s nothing holding me back.
’It’s not ideal being out but you need to stay positive all the time through injuries. Mental strength is one thing through an injury so you need to have a lot of that.
’And the manager has been brilliant. He kept me involved with all the squads. But I just take it a game and a day at a time and take it as it comes.