Tierney hoping he can bring some fame to island where he was born
Kieran Tierney hopes to put the Isle of Man on the football map.
Celtic’s promising left-back was born in Douglas to two Scottish parents, and has been bombarded by Manx well-wishers since making his breakthrough into the Parkhead team against Fenerbahce. While he only lasted 10 months on the island, he still has family and friends who live there, and took it seriously when he was asked to turn out for Ellan Vannin, the crown dependency’s side in the ConIFA World Cup, a contest for smaller would-be nations unrecognised by UEFA and FIFA.
For now, though, he is simply delighted to be part of Scot Gemmill’s Scotland Under-19 side for the opening stage of their European Championship campaign in Ireland.
While cyclist Mark Cavendish is one high profile sporting product of the island, Tierney has Blackpool’s Rowan Richardson for company in the list of current football stars.
“That’s where I was born,” said Tierney. “It’s a strange one, but it’s one I’m proud of. I go back to visit quite a lot and I get a lot of support from people on the island. It’s not a FIFA or UEFA team so you can’t compete in competitions like that but they have a team that contests the
Island Games. They are part of the ConIFA World Cup. You never know. I could end up there. It’s something I would like to do. Coming from the Isle of Man, you can play for Scotland, England, Northern Ireland or Wales.”
While the 18-year-old is in no rush to supplant Emilio Izaguirre, he would love to retain his place in Celtic’s starting line-up tonight against Hearts, a team whom he once scored against from the edge of his own box in a tie for the Under-20s. “It was 2-1 and the keeper had come up for the free kick,” Tierney said. “I was on the D of our box. I just hit it as hard as I could and it went in.”