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TIERNEY THRIVES ON ‘CRAZY’ ACHIEVEMENTS

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KIERAN TIERNEY has welcomed his role in Celtic’s “crazy achievements” as they chase an unprecedented treble treble.

The Scotland international left-back played his part in the Hoops’ 1-0 Betfred League Cup Final victory over Aberdeen at Hampden on Sunday.

And that triumph has opened the door to the possibility of a THIRD successive clean sweep of domestic silverware.

The seven-in-a-row champions go into action against Motherwell at Fir Park tonight with another five league games to follow plus next week’s final Europa League Group B encounter with RB Salzburg.

It’s a hectic schedule for Brendan Rodgers’ players, but Tierney insisted everyone at the club will be up for the challenge.

He said: “We need to be on it every single week and we are playing 60 games a season where we are, basically, expected to win 60 games a season.

CRUNCH…Kieran Tierney prepares for a challenge from Aberdeen’s Shay Logan during the Hoops’ 1-0 win at Hampden.

“It’s just CRAZY what we have achieved.

“I don’t think you can say too much about it right now. It’ll be later when you appreciate what you have done.

“Also, when times start to get tougher, that might be a time when you really start to understand it.

“That’s the thing, though. Everyone inside the changing room really does appreciate in some way and the fans know that, as well.

“That’s why they support us through thick and thin and days like Hampden are why do work so hard.

“To deal with that and to get a clean sheet and a victory made it special.

“Some people say we should be always winning because of the players we have, but you need to be driven and have the desire to keep going when things aren’t simple or you are being asked serious questions.

THE SILVERWARE SMILE…Brendan Rodgers celebrates his SEVENTH trophy success. Pics: Geo.

“The biggest part of what happened at Hampden was the hunger of the boys.

“It’s hard to play your best after having a big European game and Aberdeen were going into the game with a full week of rest.

“They were fresh with training, rest and recovery and we knew what we’d be up against, but the heart and the passion we showed was brilliant and you need that to get you through sometimes.”

Celtic play their first game at Parkhead in exactly a month when Kilmarnock visit on Saturday and that is followed by the European crunch against the unbeaten Austrians where a point will make sure Tierney and his team-mates play in the knock-out stages next year.

Rodgers takes his men to face Hibs at Easter Road three days later and then it’s Motherwell and Dundee in Glasgow before away games at Aberdeen on Boxing Day and Rangers on December 29.

The club will have their winter’s training camp in Dubai during the break before returning to action on the weekend of January 19/20 when Morton visit on Scottish Cup business.

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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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