Tierney reveals why Zenit will be a much tougher proposition for Celtic in second leg
Celtic star Kieran Tierney has stated the need for the team to forget about the Hoops impressive 1-0 win over Zenit St Petersburg in the Europa League to focus on the league.
He also claimed the Russian side would be sharper after playing a full 90 minutes following their winter break.
The Hoops packed schedule sees them play St Johnstone at home tomorrow afternoon, just three days after hosting the Russian giants.
However, speaking in an interview as quoted by Celtic quick news, Tierney has stated that the club’s full focus is on tomorrow’s fixture, and not the Europa League second leg.
“It was a great result, but the minute the game has ended that is it.
“We are up against St Johnstone and we want to make sure we get all three points and keep our momentum going.”
The Scottish international played his part in ensuring that Brendan Rodger’s men go to Zenit with a good chance, playing 90 minutes on Thursday and keeping a clean sheet.
Much has been made about the format of the Russian league, as Zenit went into the game without having played since December 17′, and Tierney thinks this could have played a part in the result.
“Were they rusty? You could maybe say that. We were straight into the Champions League qualifiers and it’s tough.
“But they will have another 90 minutes under their belt and they will be sharper,” Tierney added.
The reverse fixture is scheduled to be played on Thursday the 22nd, and if the Hoops can escape the Scottish Premier League game tomorrow without any injuries, they will have a great chance of advancing in the competition.
In other Celtic news, Brendan Rodgers has confirmed some early team news.