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Friday 23 February 2018

Tierney: Celts aim to keep run intact

Celtic’s Kieran Tierney. Pic: PA Wire
Celtic’s Kieran Tierney. Pic: PA Wire

Kieran Tierney was instrumental in starting Celtic's unbeaten domestic run which he hopes will become record-breaking against St Johnstone today (live Sky Sports, kick-off 12.30pm).

The left-back scored his first Hoops goal in the 7-0 victory over Motherwell on the last day of the 2015/16 season when the champions picked up the Ladbrokes Premiership trophy at Parkhead.

It was Ronny Deila's last game as boss and his successor Brendan Rodgers has not yet lost to a Scottish side.

And if Celtic emerge from McDiarmid Park unscathed it will take them one match clear of the 62-game domestic unbeaten run first achieved by Willie Maley's Celtic side in 2017 and which has stood as the British record ever since.

Tierney, 20, who signed a new six-year deal with the Parkhead club on Monday, remembers well the first match of the current sequence.

"Yes, it was my first goal and my right foot as well so I won't score many of them," he said.

"I will remember that for a while. You never think of that at all (getting to 62 games unbeaten).

"It was a great day, trophy day as well and for me to get my first professional goal and to start off this run has been great.

"It is a great run and some achievement from the boys but we have not set out to beat any run or record.

"We set out to play the way we play, to work hard and press high and we go out to win every game so we look forward to Saturday."

Celtic assistant manager Chris Davies insists breaking the record is not at the forefront of the league leaders' thoughts. He said: "We have never used it as a team talk until this point and I doubt we will use it at the weekend either.

"The record is not something we think about.

"It has just been a consequence of the great work from the players and the manager leading everyone forward."

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