Kieran Tierney wants Celtic to move on from talk of Brendan Rodgers and focus on completing their historic ‘treble treble’ with Neil Lennon at the helm.
Tierney admits he was as stunned as anybody when Rodgers opted to walk away for the Leicester job, but the Scotland international insists everyone now must focus on the final stretch of the season.
Celtic earned league and cup away wins over Hearts and Hibs last week under Lennon, before a stalemate with Aberdeen at Parkhead on Saturday.
That was enough to maintain an eight-point lead over Rangers, who drew at Hibs on Friday, and, with just eight games left and a Scottish Cup semi-final against Aberdeen or their Old Firm rivals next month, Tierney is looking ahead.
“We have nine league games and left and hopefully two in the cup. It’s gone now. We had such a successful time and we wish [Brendan Rodgers] all the best,” he told reporters.
“What we achieved over the last two-and-a-half years was crazy but we have a big end to the season now. There is no point in dwelling on the past. We need to look forward.”
While he was keen to remain diplomatic on the sudden departure of Rodgers to Leicester, Tierney revealed the Celtic players were very much in the dark over the move.
“He texted the boys after he left and wishes us all the best for the future. We thank him for all he has done as he’s helped me become a much better player and professional,” he added.
“It all happened so quickly with the turnover and there was shock. It surprised everybody. I woke up on [the] Tuesday morning and it had happened.”