Kieran Tierney says Celtic’s victory against RB Leipzig gives club Europa League ‘fighting chance’

Kieran Tierney says Celtic’s vital victory against RB Leipzig has given them a “fighting chance” of progressing through to the Europa League knock-out stages.

Odsonne Edouard scored a close-range winner, 14 seconds after the Bundesliga side had equalised, to earn Brendan Rodgers a 2-1 victory at Celtic Park on Thursday night.

Celtic, who had taken an early first-half lead through Kierney, are now level on six points with Leipzig but remain third in Group B on goal difference, with two games left, and the German side hold a crucial head-to-head advantage.

They [RB Leipzig] are still favourites going into the last couple of games.

Kieran Tierney

“We have given ourselves a fighting chance going into the last couple of games,” Tierney told Sky Sports.

“They are still favourites going into the last couple of games. It’s a fighting chance and that is all we can do now – just take it game by game.”

Rodgers described the victory as his best European victory at Celtic since he became manager in 2016 and Tierney echoed that belief.

“We have had some massive games and some great results. The way we bounced back adds to how special a night it was.”

Celtic visit Rosenberg later this month before they host Red Bull Salzburg in their final group game.

Tierney believes the squad are making good strides after earlier unconvincing performances on the road in Europe.

He added: “We are going in the right direction. The last few weeks have been great. We are building the momentum week by week.

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Tierney who will link up with the Scotland squad, after Celtic’s league fixture against Livingston on Sunday, live on Sky Sports, has played 28 games so far this season and admits it is a challenge to remain fresh.

“I am recovering well. It’s a demanding position,” Tierney, who was rested for Scotland’s friendly defeat against Portugal last month, said.

“At Celtic, you are going to get three games a week and that is what I love. I have done it for the last few years and I am just doing it to my best ability.”

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