KIERAN TIERNEY rated last night’s strike in the 2-1 Europa League win over RB Leipzig as even more satisfying that his effort in the 3-3 Champions League draw with Manchester City in 2016.
The Scotland international defender, a boyhood Hoops fan, lashed in an angled drive in the 11th minute to breach the Bundesliga’s rearguard that had gone over nine hours without conceding a goal.
Tierney took a touch from James Forrest right-wing cross before firing under Swiss international keeper Yvon Mvogo.
Jean-Kevin Augustin was allowed a clear header to equalise in the 78th minute before Odsonne Edouard hit the winner 14 seconds later.
Tierney said: “Jamesie cut a lovely ball back and it came all the way through to me. All I was thinking was: ‘Touch and shoot.’ I hit it as hard as I could and hoped for the best. Luckily for me, it went in – even though the keeper got a touch.
“To score at that end was amazing. Everyone knew where I was running. It was a brilliant way to celebrate, but you can’t get too carried away as the game is back on.
“I scored at the same end against Manchester City, but we didn’t win that night, so I was gutted. To get a goal in a win makes it even sweeter.
“The biggest plus was the way we reacted to the Leipzig equaliser. In the past, we’ve crumbled when we conceded. This time, we went forward, put pressure on them and got the winner.
“It was great play from Scott Sinclair and Ryan Christie and a great finish from Odsonne.
“That was a big goal and a big win for us. It was a big step forward. We always say we’ll try to learn from mistakes and we did that.
GOAL-DEN BHOY…Kieran Tierney celebrates his strike against RB Leipzig
with James Forrest and Tom Rogic.
“They’re a good team and they would have got confidence from that goal.
“They wanted another one, they weren’t sitting back for a draw. The way we reacted was brilliant.”
The left-back added: “It’s not easy in Europe against anyone. That felt like a Champions League night against one of the biggest and best sides in Germany.
“It was a great night, but we need to now focus on the next few games.
“I’d personally like to thank every fan because the atmosphere they create is brilliant, results like tonight would not happen without them.
“We have given ourselves a chance and what more can we ask for?
“Rosenborg away now is another big game for us, a massive game, to look forward to.
“They are a tough team, it won’t be easy at all, it was 0-0 the last time we went in the Champions League qualifiers. We know it will be hard.
“Our form has turned round and it was always going to happen. It was always going to click.
“We were in a sticky patch, but we haven’t changed anything from day one.
“When we went through it we knew we were going to come out of it and in the last few weeks we’ve done it.”
Celtic travel to Trondheim on November 29 before bringing down the curtain on Group B with a home tie against pacesetters RB Salzburg who have already racked up 12 points following four successive victories, including a 3-1 triumph over the Hoops at the start of last month.
Brendan Rodgers’ men sit on six points along with Leipzig, but the Germans have a superior goal difference and a better head-to-head with the Scots.
They have still to meet the Austrians and the Norwegians as they attempt to eclipse the Hoops in their efforts to be involved in European competition at the turn of the year.