KIERAN TIERNEY is thrilled Scotland pal Andy Robertson will play in the Champions League Final against Real Madrid on May 26.

The Celtic defender was delighted the former Hoops youth star helped Liverpool to their remarkable 7-6 semi-final win over Roma during the week.

Robertson, who kick-started his career at Queen’s Park after failing to make the grade at Parkhead, will now be the first Scot to reach a the pinnacle of European competition in 21 years since ex-Celtic skipper Paul Lambert with Borussia Dortmund.

However, no one is more happy than Tierney at the player’s rise to fame after his original disappointment with the champions. Robbo went from Hampden to Dundee United and onto Hull City before Jurgen Klopp paid £8million for him last summer.

Tierney, who watched the thrilling Champions League encounter with his team-mates in Tenerife, said: “It was brilliant to see Andy get to the Final.

“From where he’s come from, it’s just such a great story. He deserves everything he’s getting at the moment.

“He is playing for one of the biggest clubs on the biggest stage there is and doing so well.

SCOTLAND THE RAVE…Andy Robertson in action against Costa Rica this season.

“I’ve been sending him messages throughout Liverpool’s run, but I’ve no doubt his phone was going off its nut after Wednesday night, so I’ll catch up with him soon.

“I look at Andy and I see an opportunity to learn from him.

“We both play the same position, but he does things that I can be better at.

“So, it’s great to train with him when we meet up with Scotland.

“I don’t get jealous of him. I just feel happy for him. And also, I’m only 20. He is a few years older than me so he has extra experience.

‘He’s playing at a level I haven’t reached, but I have had some great experiences here at Celtic, too.

“Playing in the Champions League group stage has brought my game on and, hopefully, we can get there again next season.”

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Acclaimed author Alex Gordon wrote the biography of Scotland international legend Denis Law, entitled 'King and Country'. He is a former columnist with World Soccer magazine and Scottish correspondent of respected European journal L'Equipe.

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