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Tierney: Bhoys were clinical in Scottish Cup semi-final win

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KIERAN Tierney said Celtic were relentless in their 3-0 win over Aberdeen in the Scottish Cup semi-final at Hampden and highlighted how important it was for the Hoops to capitalise on the advantages which came their way.

Neil Lennon’s side booked their place in the Scottish Cup final against Hearts with a dominant performance against Aberdeen today (Sunday).

It was a fiercely-contested game but the Hoops outplayed their opponents who had a man sent off either side of half-time.

“It was a great performance from the boys,” Tierney told the official Celtic website. “We played well for 90 minutes. Having the extra men obviously helped us but that’s football. You need to take advantage of those situations and we did. You need to play your game in those situations and we did that today. It was a scrappy, physical game at time but we played good football.

“You know you’re going to get a physical game with Aberdeen. There were a few bad challenges today and you never like to see that or anybody hurt, but we dealt with everything they threw at us and got the result.

“There was extra pressure on us with it being a semi-final, and people were saying it could have been Aberdeen’s day. It’s the same in every semi-final and final that we get into, though. The way to deal with that is to look to play the best you can and forget what everybody else is saying.

“We started really well and Jozo was driving forward well. He had a great game and that helped set the tempo for us to start on the front foot. When they got the first man set off, that mentally gave us another advantage. We knew we were going to have the spare man and we made the most of that by creating chances and scoring goals.”

The 3-0 win marked the first time Celtic had scored more than two goals since beating Motherwell 4-1 in February, which Tierney said was important for the team.

“To score three was really important for us,” said Tierney. “Sometimes this season when we’ve get one, we haven’t then looked like getting the second and that lets teams back into it. Today we went and scored the second and then killed the game with the third.

“We could have got more with them being down to nine men. It was a great performance from us on the day and we can take pride in our work.”

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