‘We know what is at stake,’ Tierney is buzzing for Sunday

Kieran Tierney, like every other Celtic supporter, is looking forward to Sunday.

“We want to win the league as soon as possible, we are gutted we didn’t do it last week and we would have loved to have done that but this is the next game to do it so we are buzzing for it.

“We haven’t really been speaking about it in the dressing room, I think we all know what is at stake, everybody knows it is a big pressure match and it’s a game we are looking forward to.

“We are just training well as always, working hard and we will be looking to play our usual way.

“It will be a tight game, the last twice we have played them at Celtic Park has been draws, obviously the Hampden game we scored a few goals but we all know it’s going to be a hard game as they know what is at stake just as much as we do.

“Both teams are going to go out there wanting to win so it will be a really tight game.”

Nominated today for the third time – he has won the previous two – for the PFA Scotland Young Player of the Year, KT was last night like the rest of us, watching that amazing game between Liverpool and Roma. It had a Celtic connection of course with Virgil van Dijk spraying passes over the Roma defence and Andy Robertson bombing down the left wing and almost grabbing his first ever goal for Liverpool into the bargain.

Kieran, a rival of Robertson’s for the Scotland left back slot, is nevertheless close pals with Robertson and the two keep in touch after big games and so on.

“Andy done brilliant for Liverpool against Roma, it was another great performance from him in a huge game and he deserves to be playing at that level.

“But for me when I was growing up it was only Celtic I wanted to play for, I wanted to play in Champions League games for Celtic and that’s just the way it’s always been.

“Andy will message me after big games and congratulating me when we win and I do the same for him and we get on well on Scotland trips, he is a big Celtic fan as well which is good.”

It may well surprise some people that Tierney is nominated for the Young Player award again rather than for the Player of the Year. That will be contested by two of his team-mates, skipper Scott Brown and winger James Forrest as well as McGinn (Hibs) and Boyd (Kilmarnock). His omission doesn’t bother KT though.

“I think the people up for player of the year deserve to be there, I am still a young player so I’m delighted to be where I am and I have been lucky enough to win it the last two years as well.

“I have worked hard again this season so it is a real honour for me to be nominated again.

“For the player of the year it is the hardest one yet and really tight between James Forrest and Broony.

“At the Celtic Player of the Year Awards I voted for Broony but both would be deserved winners, I voted Broony just because of how good a leader he is and how good a captain he is and I think he is inspirational for Celtic.”

The other nominations for the Young Player of the Year are McKenna (Aberdeen), Morelos (Rangers) and Celtic’s Lewis Morgan for his brilliant season at St Mirren.


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