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Tierney desperate to land historic double treble with Celtic

By Ronnie Esplin

Kieran Tierney turned his attention to wrapping up the Ladbrokes Premiership title after helping Celtic book their William Hill Scottish Cup final place with a 4-0 win over Rangers on Sunday.

The Hoops cruised through their semi-final at Hampden Park courtesy of first-half goals from Tom Rogic and Callum McGregor and second-half penalties from Moussa Dembele and Olivier Ntcham, with Gers defender Ross McCrorie sent off for conceding the first spot-kick.

With just one win required from five post-split Ladbrokes Premiership fixtures to clinch their seventh successive league title, Brendan Rodgers' men are effectively a cup final win against Motherwell away from an historic second successive domestic treble.

Tierney, though, wants the title secured as soon as possible.

"That's the aim," said the 20-year-old Scotland left-back.

"We have Hibs next weekend, so a couple of days recovery and back in training as hard as ever.

"(A second treble) would be a great achievement.

"It has never been done before and that is for a reason. We know it is going to be very hard.

"We still have a few tough games coming up so it is just one game at a time as always."

Asked about the challenge posed by Motherwell, who beat Aberdeen 3-0 in their semi-final at Hampden Park on Saturday, Tierney said: "Motherwell are a good team. They always make it hard for us.

"They know what they are good at, they have some good players as well.

"So we will be looking forward to the game."

Celtic have gone 10 games unbeaten against Rangers since Ulsterman Rodgers took over as boss in 2016 and Tierney enjoyed what was a convincing win.

He added: "It is brilliant. I know what it means to every Celtic fan out there.

"I thought we dealt with the pressure brilliantly. We made it a bit more comfortable for ourselves.

"We battled hard then we got the ball down and played football and that's what we do best.

"And if we play our game, hopefully we can go on and win the remaining games."

And Celtic goalkeeper Craig Gordon admits they can now go all out for an historic double treble after cruising past their Old Firm rivals.

Gordon said: "Now this one is over, there are a few games still left in the league, but the possibility is there.

"Everyone will tell you it's one game at a time but we are well aware now that there is a possibility for that and we are going to give it everything we have between now and the end of the season to get that."

Celtic once again saved their best form for the big stage as they made it 10 games unbeaten against Rangers and a seventh Hampden victory out of seven under Rodgers.

"We have played particularly well here at Hampden, be it semi-finals or finals," Gordon said.

"We like coming here, it's a good pitch for us. It always gives us confidence coming here and when the big games have come around, more often than not we have put in good performances.

"It's credit to the guys that came in, we have lifted ourselves for a big game again, to go out there and get the result. Not only that, it was the manner of it as well."

On the basis of their vigorous display in their semi-final triumph over Aberdeen, Motherwell are likely to offer more resistance on May 19 than a Rangers team which manager Graeme Murty described as "passive".

The Ibrox men now have a battle to finish second in the league and at least earn a place in the Europa League, and Murty has challenged his players to turn their post-match emotions into something more positive.

"There was anger, frustration, all the sorts of emotion you would expect from a changing room that has just gone through that," he said.

"There should be frustration and anger, it is just about turning that into positives and energy to power you through to the end of the season, rather than allow it to be disruptive."

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