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‘WE’RE THROUGH AND THAT’S ALL THAT MATTERS,’ INSISTS TIERNEY

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KIERAN TIERNEY hailed his Celtic team-mates despite the 4-3 shocker in Kazakhstan.

The Hoops won through to the money-spinning group stages of the Champions League on an 8-4 aggregate over the dangerous Astana – and that was all that mattered to the left-back.

He said: “Have I ever played in a game like that before? Aye, Be’er Sheva last year!

“Look, it got to 4-1 and people are automatically going to think the worst is going to happen. But the boys did well in that we came back and scored two goals, which shows the character we have in such a highly-pressured game.

“When they were coming at us, you have to stay as calm as you can. The manager is making you feel calm and there are leaders on the pitch such a Scott Brown who are brilliant at that.

“Hey, we’ve come thought it and it’s a great achievement for the club once again. It something we should be proud of.

“I don’t mind who we get in the draw. We will get a good team in every single pot, so it doesn’t really matter. I don’t want to avoid anyone. It is what is.

“We’ll deal it with it when it comes. The most important think is Celtic are in the Champions League, the biggest competition there is.

“Come Thursday and the draw, the only thing that matters is we are in there – just like last year.

“We won by four goals, we have had tighter ties than that, and we’ve scored eight goals over two games.

“We did switch off defensively, but that’s just one defeat in six European games. People need to focus on that.

“We could have played better, but we got the job done.”

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