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  • Tierney: Celebrating with the fans leaves me speechless

    Tierney: Celebrating with the fans leaves me speechless

    By: Tony Connelly on 03 Dec, 2018 15:33

  • IF one player in modern football epitomises Jock Stein’s famous saying ‘Football is nothing without fans” it is Kieran Tierney. The Celtic star admits winning silverware is always special but added celebrating with the fans afterwards are the moments he cherishes most. 

    Tierney won his ninth major trophy with Celtic on Sunday as Brendan Rodgers’ side defeated Aberdeen 1-0 in the League Cup final.

    At the final whistle the Hoops defender received his winner's medal before holding the trophy aloft with his team-mates as they celebrated in front of the Hoops supporters.

    Such occasions have become something of a tradition for Tierney and it wasn’t long before he was in the midst of another post-match tradition.

    “It’s routine for me to go over to the fans afterwards and I absolutely love doing it,” he said. “I know the boys who have the megaphone so I always go over to them afterwards. I love interacting with the fans, it’s the least I can do for all they give us.

    “It’s expensive following Celtic with all these games we have and they deserve to celebrate these moments. It’s special to have that connection with them. When I’m bouncing about I’m thinking in my head this is crazy.

    “I just feel like one of the fans at that moment. It bridges the gap between the players and the fans. It’s brilliant for me and I’ll always cherish those moments. There aren’t any words for how you feel in those moments. You just live in the moment and enjoy every minute of it."

    To win as many trophies as Tierney has would be an impressive feat in the span of an entire career but to do so at the age of 21 is nothing short of incredible. Even though lifting silverware is something Tierney has done so often, he said the euphoria will never wear off.

    “It’s always special to win a trophy,” he said. “I don’t take anything for granted. Winning this trophy is up there with the others I’ve won. I never take anything for granted, especially with the way the game went.

    “It was a tough game - it wasn’t a walk in the park where we knew we had won by 70 minutes. We had to keep fighting right to the final whistle, so I appreciate this one as much as the others because it required a lot of hard work to get there.”

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