I’ll count my medals after I chuck away my boots!
Tierney just focused on his next prize
Kieran Tierney knows his history. But for just a couple of hours today, he’ll choose to ignore it.
The Celtic defender and his team- mates head for Hampden looking to extend an astonishing run of domestic success.
Brendan Rodgers’ troops can win a seventh- successive Scottish honour, equalling a landmark set by Walter Smith’s Rangers team of 1994, if they see off Aberdeen at the National Stadium.
The last six wins have been astonishing. Rodgers’ first three came at the end of an Invincible season.
And last term their clean sweep completed an unique Double Treble.
Tierney has savoured every second of the spell but is adamant it’ll get blanked from his memory the moment he arrives at Hampden. As a Celtic player, there’s no time for basking on past glories.
It’ s about the next honour, the next success, and keeping the hunger and drive to set new
benchmarks. Tierney said: “It won’t be until we finish playing that we’ll realise what this period has been like.
“But there is still an awful lot for us to achieve here at Celtic.
“It would not be a good thing if I start thinking about what we have done in the past couple of years.
“I choose to look forward, not back. We have won six trophies in a row but that doesn’t matter now.
“Going into this final no one cares about the previous six. It’s all about this one now. All about being ready.
“That’s how the players have to think and it’s the same with the fans.
“We want to win everything we possibly can and this is another great chance for us.”
While staying focused and staring forward is important, there is no doubt Celtic’s recent Hampden record is a huge factor.
Rodgers has won on all eight of his visits – with the Dons falling victim twice at the National Stadium.
Tierney copped an elbow in the face from Jayden Stockley the last time he took on the Dons at Hampden but relishes his trips across Glasgow.
He said: “When you go to Hampden, you know that you are
there for a big occasion. It’s a game I’m looking forward to and the fans as well.
“Having my face smashed (in the 2017 Scottish Cup Final) would be low down on the list of best Hampden moments yet the end of that day was something special as we won the Treble.
“I’d say that was my best memory at the stadium. You feel that wherever you go, you must have the confidence to play and that is what the manager has built into us.
“He wants us to perform anywhere and Hampden is another big pitch.
“It suits the way we play and we’ve had great results there in the past but we’ll take nothing for granted.
“It is going to be tough against Aberdeen as they always make it a hard game.
“We won 1-0 at Celtic Park last time we met and they beat us the time before that – it shows it’s not going to be easy. No one takes Aberdeen lightly. It’s going to be difficult.” Tierney is right to afford the Dons full respect, yet Celts could not be in better form going into the showpiece. Following a run that has taken them to the top of the Premiership table, the Hoops defeated Rosenborg in Trondheim on Thursday night to move to the brink of qualification in the Europa League. Tierney said: “We’ve had a few bad nights in the Europa League and got a bit of stick but the way we’ve bounced back w i th
two wins in a row shows our character. The first half in Rosenborg was obviously a bit more comfortable than the second but what it did show was that we can do both sides.
“They put pressure on us in the last 10 or 15 minutes of the game and we dealt with that.
“We limited them to very few chances, which is great. Victories and clean sheets in Europe are great.
“It’s great to play alongside people like Dedryck Boyata, Filip Benkovic and Mikael Lustig in defence. “They are terrific players who cover me when I need it and it’s great to know that they have my back. “Defensively, when you lose goals, the full team takes the stick.
“That has to be the same when the team is keeping clean- sheets. It has to be about everyone.
“It’s not just the back four and the keeper, it’ s throughout the team with the work-rate at the top of the pitch that makes our lives easier.
“I play in a demanding position, there’s a lot of running to do, but I enjoy the challenge and this is another massive game.
“It’s crazy in a way how there was a massive game on Thursday and another one now.
“You just need to deal with it. There hasn’t been a lot of time to recover but we’ll do our best.
“We stayed in Norway on Thursday night and that meant we weren’t going into training on Friday having had half a sleep, so it’s really professional. It needs to be to perform at a high standard.”
No-one cares about past six .. it’s about this one now
SUM BOY Tierney, with Leigh Griffiths and Scott Brown after win in Norway, isn’t counting medals