Tier­ney hop­ing he can bring some fame to is­land where he was born

The Herald - Sport - - FOOTBALL -

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.”

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