Earlier this month, Kieran Tierney picked up Celtic’s Young Player of the Year award at the club’s end of season awards ceremony.
Having taken Europe by storm with his dazzling displays from left-back, which will only fuel speculation of interest from some of the continent’s most elite clubs, still only aged 20, Tierney is undoubtedly a worthy winner.
Still eligible for the prize in the coming seasons, Tierney has every chance of being named the young player of the year a further few times.
However, instead of looking to the future, we are going to take this opportunity to see who won the prize in the years before the man the Hoops fans call KT, and where the previous winners are currently at in their careers.
2015/2016, 2016/2017 – Kieran Tierney
Unsurprisingly, last season after Celtic’s treble winning campaign, Tierney picked up the prize for the first time in his career after a stunning display from start to finish under Brendan Rodgers.
The previous year, in 15/16, Tierney also won the prize, meaning he has now picked up the famous accolade three years on the trot.
This may seem excessive, however, it is only a true reflection of what the young full-back has achieved in the game.
Aged only 20, Tierney has amassed over 120 appearances for his club, including nearly 30 games in Europe.
He has captained both his club and country, picking up nine Scotland caps so far, and is constantly touted as one of the brightest young talents in all of European football.
The only surprising thing is that Tierney has not actually won the club’s Player of the Year prize, although his consistent displays in a Celtic shirt have thrown him right in contention each time.
2014/2015 – Jason Denayer
Belgian centre-half Jason Denayer enjoyed the 14/15 campaign on loan at Celtic from Manchester City, picking up the Young Player of the Year award in his first season in professional football.
In Glasgow, Denayer earned his professional debut, and formed a formidable partnership with none other than the world’s most expensive defender, Virgil van Dijk.
Having won the league and cup double as a Celtic player, Denayer was not enticed enough to stay and has since enjoyed loan spells with both Galatasaray and Sunderland.
Still owned by City, Denayer is currently being loaned out to Galatasaray for the second time and has become a full Belgian international in the last couple of years.
2013/2014 – Darnell Fisher
English right-back Darnell Fisher picked up Celtic’s Young Player of the Year award in 13/14 having broken into the first team under Neil Lennon.
The man from Reading made 13 appearances for the Hoops that season, deputising for Mikael Lustig on occasions, and stayed at the club for a couple more seasons before moving on to Rotherham United.
Last summer, Fisher earned a move to Preston North End, where he has since become a regular starter for the Championship outfit.
Aged 24, the full-back is working well under Scotsman Alex Neil as the club continue to develop into a side close to being worthy of earning a play-off position.
2012/2013 – Victor Wanyama
Kenyan legend Victor Wanyama picked up the prestigious award back in 12/13, after a stunning campaign with the Hoops.
Wanyama only stayed for two seasons at Celtic, but enjoyed a wonderful career at that, winning three trophies and making nearly 100 appearances in the green and white.
That season, Wanyama famously bagged Celtic’s opening goal in their historic victory over Barcelona in the Champions League, towering over the opposition defence to head home a neat header from a Charlie Mulgrew corner.
Since winning the award, Wanyama earned a move to the Premier League with Southampton, developing the reputation as one of the most dominant central midfielders in the league.
He has since moved on to Tottenham Hotspur where he, and his teammates, continue to knock on the door of Europe’s elite, looking to join the likes of Real Madrid and Manchester City as one of the most feared teams on the continent.