Celtic superstar Kieran Tierney has praised the number of goals his side managed to rack up against Aberdeen yesterday.
The Hoops overcame the Dons 3-0 at Hampden Park in the Scottish Cup semi-finals. It was the first time under Neil Lennon that Celtic had managed to score three goals. Incredibly, it was also the first time since mid-February’s 4-1 win over Motherwell.
It was also the first time under Lennon that everyone was able to just enjoy the game. Celtic had it by the scruff of the neck throughout the 90 minutes, and there was no danger from Aberdeen. Scott Bain didn’t have a save to make throughout the contest.
But, for Tierney, it was essential to get the trio of goals to build confidence for the run-in. Speaking to Celtic’s official website, the left-back opened up on the contest yesterday.
“To score three was really important for us. Sometimes this season when we’ve get one, we haven’t then looked like getting the second and that lets teams back into it.
“Today we went and scored the second and then killed the game with the third. We could have got more with them being down to nine men. It was a great performance from us on the day and we can take pride in our work.”
A day to remember
It’s a match that really will be remembered for Lennon’s first real convincing day at the office since returning. Celtic had Aberdeen on the back foot for 90 minutes solid. There was absolutely no chance of a revival at any stage from the Dons.
But it’s now vital to see how Celtic carry on from this clear confidence booster. There truly is no rest for the weary with a difficult looking trip to Easter Road coming up on Sunday.
What Lennon and the supporters don’t need is a return to the low-energy, uninspiring displays we’ve been seeing as of late. The best chance Lennon has to get the job permanently is to continue playing at a high tempo and winning games comfortably.
Tierney seems to believe that there’s something the squad can take from scoring three goals yesterday. Hopefully, that means we should see another good performance at Easter Road against a rejuvenated Hibs.
Celtic have certainly been creating chances over the last couple of weeks. Burying opposition, however, has been the real problem. But there was a ruthlessness to the Hoops yesterday, and now we’ll see if it persists.