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ALL of the talk prior to the Celtic game against RB Leipzig on Thursday night centred around the multimillion-pound disco lights, but what truly left the punters dazzled was the displays of the Scots in the Hoops who were assembled for around the price of a decent halogen bulb.
The Scottish core to the Celtic team has been a hallmark of their side since Brendan Rodgers took charge, but Thursday evening truly felt like a coming of age for their local lads as they seized control of a match and took it away from a top-level European outfit.
Kieran Tierney, James Forrest and Callum McGregor – the homegrown contingent – were outstanding. And Ryan Christie, brought down the road from Inverness for a little over £500,000 in 2015, announced his arrival as a serious Celtic player.
The road to the Parkhead first team has been a long and winding one for the 23-yearold, but with this showing and his recent form since stealing the show at Murrayfield against Hearts in the Betfred Cup semi-final, it feels as if – three years after signing – he has finally arrived at the club.
There is little that can be said of Tierney that hasn’t been said before or doesn’t come across as yet another gushing appraisal of his talents. But what else can you say when faced with the evidence of his performance against Leipzig?
The 21-year-old (yep, that’s right, he’s 21) exhibited all of his pace, power, strength and attacking threat in a display that left his immediate opponent looking as if