Defender says player’s new contract is ‘massive’ for Celtic

Celtic centre-back Erik Sviatchenko has claimed that team mate Kieran Tierney’s new contact is a massive boost for the club going in to the new season.

The 18-year-old signed a new five-year contract last week to stay at Celtic Park, putting an end to speculation that he could move to the Premier League.

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The Dane told the Glasgow Evening Times, he is delighted that the young defender has committed his long term future to the Scottish Champions, and believes that new manager Brendan Rodgers will help bring through other talented young stars:

“We all know the manager is keen in bringing young players up. For Celtic to sign Kieran Tierney for a five-year deal is massive. It gives a good appreciation of how the work is going to be done in the future as well.”

Tierney had been linked with moves to Liverpool, Arsenal and Southampton in recent months but the left back has said he never had any thoughts of leaving the Scottish club.

Celtic are still locked in negotiations with Sviatchenko’s centre-back partner Charlie Mulgrew, who has yet to agree a new deal to stay at Celtic Park.