Celtic youngster on following Kieran Tierney, and his fruitful loan spell

By Euan Davidson

November 20, 2021

Celtic youngster Brody Paterson has talked about his time away from the club, and following the example of Kieran Tierney.

A full-back who spent last season with Queen’s Park, Paterson got over 1,000 minutes of professional football in 20-21 [Transfermarkt]. Having achieved promotion with the Spiders, who now sit third in the SPFL League One, Paterson is determined to make an impact at Celtic.

And it’s no surprise who the 20-year-old is hoping to emulate in the Hoops. He also reflected on his loan spell, and the understanding it gave him of the importance of the game.

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Paterson said [Celtic FC]:

“It’s the mentality and dedication that [Tierney] shows.

“Everyone who’s been here knows he was a winner, ruthless and relentless, and that’s something I’ve always tried to implement into my game as well.

“At Queen’s Park I was playing against men who are playing for their livelihood. They’ve got to play for mortgages, kids – it just means that little bit extra to them. It was a really good experience.”

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Now in the B Team set-up, Paterson described how it’s been in Tommy McIntyre’s team. He said [Celtic FC]:

“I’m very focused on the pitch. I want to win, and then off the pitch I just try to enjoy life. But you’ve got to be a different person when you step on to the pitch – everything changes.

“You learn from every game. Every match brings different challenges and it’s been good because there is a real mix of ages in the group.

“Different people need to learn different things and are at different stages, but we’re all learning together.”

Celtic youngster Brody Paterson has plenty of competition, but the attitude is spot on

Celtic aren’t exactly struggling for left-backs. When they’re all fit, Ange Postecoglou can choose from Greg Taylor, Boli Bolingoli, Liam Scales, Josip Juranovic and Adam Montgomery.

Montgomery, another Academy graduate, has even played in European competition for Celtic. While he’s still a raw talent, the potential is there.

Perhaps, though, the best example to Brody Paterson in the current Celtic set-up is Anthony Ralston. The right-back spent time away on loan, before coming onto a game under Ange Postecoglou.

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Paterson, at 20, might need another spell learning at an SPFL club. However, if he wants evidence that it’s worth doing, he need only look at the Celtic starting line-up.

As far as Kieran Tierney goes, of course he’s an excellent role model. As David Moss described, it was Tierney’s work ethic and drive that set him apart.

Paterson has competition, sure. But if he can learn from the legacy of Kieran Tierney, and the current example of Ralston, then he should be in good stead.

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