KIERAN TIERNEY admitted it was good for Celtic to do their talking on the pitch as they overcame Rangers 3-2 at Ibrox yesterday.

The Hoops left-back celebrated big-style following the victory that opened up a nine-point gap at the top of the Premiership with a game in hand.

Jozo Simunovic was dismissed after a foul challenge on Alfredo Morelos which left Brendan Rodgers’ team a man short for over half-an-hour.

Despite the home side’s numerical advantage, substitute Odsonne Edouard fired in the winner with 21 minutes to go.

Commenting on the hype surrounding the fixture, Tierney said: “We tried not to listen too much to the build-up to the game.

“We stuck to a game plan, we worked all week and in some ways it felt sweet because we went down to 10 men and we really had to work for it.

“The odds were against us at times in the game.

“It is the same again now. People can talk and say what they want about the league or whatever, but we just want to use this as step into the last few months of the season and keep the hard work going until then.”

The champions, zeroing in on historic back-to-back trebles, celebrated at full-time – with Tierney leading the party.

He grinned: “I don’t think there were many people in the crowd I didn’t know.

“It was brilliant at the end to go and enjoy the win after working so hard for it.

“The fans really drove us on and although that sounds like a bit of a cliché, they really backed us all the way.

“It was nice to send them home with a result. It is a joy to play for them.”

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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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