KIERAN TIERNEY will embark upon a revenge mission when Celtic take on The “Rangers” at Parkhead a week on Saturday.
The international left-back, who is likely to be involved in Scotland’s World Cup opener in Malta on Sunday, wants to pile the misery on the new Ibrox club who are already trailing the Hoops by a point in the Premiership.
Brendan Rodgers’ men already have a game in hand and Tierney wants the champions to make up for last season’s Scottish Cup semi-final upset when they toppled out following a disastrous penalty-kick shoot-out.
Ronny Deila’s departure was announced shortly afterwards and Tierney believes it will be a rejuvenated Rodgers’ outfit that will be on display in the east end of Glasgow on September 10.
The defender said: “You could say we want to make up for that game. No-one ever likes to lose a game, especially a game against (The) Rangers (sic).

“But it seems like a long time ago now. The team is different and there is so much good feeling just now.unspecified-8

“We have the Champions League to look forward to and we are all really enjoying our football.

“I am a Celtic fan as much as I am a Celtic player, so I am looking forward to this game. But the focus is like every other game – we want to win and play well.”

Tierney, 19, is also hoping to establish himself in Gordon Strachan’s international plans. He said: “Yes, that’s the aim, but it still feels nice to be picked for the squad.

“All I can do is keep my head down, train hard and see what the manager thinks. I think I am ready now to play at that level, but it is the manager’s decision.

“There are a few of the other Celtic boys in the team so it always helps you feel settled.”

Leigh Griffiths, who netted his seventh goal of the campaign with a whizzbang effort in the 4-1 rout of Aberdeen at the weekend, could struggle to get the nod from Strachan while he attempts to overcome a hamstring strain.

Tierney said: “Leigh is something else. He is a guy you just know can put the ball in the net wherever he is. He took his goal really well, but you just know that if he is on the pitch that he is a threat.

“I would rather be playing with him than against him, that’s for sure.

“Hopefully, he’ll be fine for Scotland because he has been brilliant so far this season and I am sure that he would be able to do that for the national team, as well.”

Meanwhile, Celtic’s interest in James McCarthy has cooled significantly after Everton insisted the Hoops fan would not be leaving the club in the current transfer window.

The Goodison outfit believe a groin injury for the player may require surgery and that would scupper any moves for the Republic of Ireland midfielder.

Newcastle United have now stepped up their interest in the player and Celtic would be reluctant to enter any kind of bidding war.
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