Celtic left-back Kieran Tierney has admitted that he just can’t ever switch off from the club.
The Hoops are gearing up today for a massive Scottish Cup semi-final clash against Aberdeen. Only by overturning the Pittodrie side can Celtic keep up their chances of a treble treble.
That alone brings massive pressure onto the players ahead of today. Tierney believes being able to switch off from that pressure and getting away from football is essential to certain players. But it’s not a luxury he’s able to have.
Speaking in the Daily Record, the academy graduate spoke about how he just can’t ever get away from all things Celtic.
“It’s hard to say if I feel it more than the other players because I don’t know how the rest of them feel about the pressure. But because I know how important it is for the fans, it’s a lot.
“The pressure is no more than it was for the double Treble. That hadn’t been done before either. It’s a lot of pressure but it’s nothing new to anyone in our squad. The people in our changing room are amazing at dealing with it.
“The fact they can get away from it is a big factor, though, to be fair. When I’m home it’s still all Celtic. Everything’s Celtic. My dad, family, friends – that’s just what it is and that’s how it has always been. Nothing has changed. And I don’t mind it at all, I’m a Celtic fan. I engage in conversation as well.”
The man who bleeds green and white
When it comes to those who are definitely fully committed to the club – Tierney is up there as one of the best.
Every time the Scotland international speaks, he’s full of enthusiasm about Celtic. He never gives off the impression that he ever needs or even wants a break from it all. It’s incredible when you think about how much Tierney’s life seems to revolve around the Hoops.
For such a young man, he’s already got huge success under his belt. Since breaking through under Ronny Deila, Tierney has secured three consecutive league titles, two Scottish Cups, and three Betfred Cups. He’s also captained Celtic and broke into the Scotland ranks.
And he’ll need to show all of that experience later today against Aberdeen. He’ll likely be up against Aberdeen’s Connor McLennan. McLennan has proven to be a pacey and tricky customer since breaking into the Dons squad this season, and Tierney will have to be alert.
But if there’s one man you can rely on to not allow some complacency creep into his game, then it’s our number one left-back.