Former Hoops defender Tom Boyd has insisted that Steven Gerrard’s arrival at Rangers will mean nothing in terms of motivation for Brendan Rodgers.

The Celtic manager is currently enjoying a break in Majorca as he recovers from the demands of leading the Parkhead side to a back-to-back Treble.

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The hallmark of the 45-year-old’s time at the club has been the desire for continual improvement, with Rodgers revealing of late than last summer he was just three days into his holiday before he got the fear of how he could top last season’s Invincibles campaign.

The arrival of Gerrard at Rangers offers a different element of intrigue given the shared history the dup have but Boyd has insisted that Rodgers is interested only in what is going on in the East End of the city.

“Brendan has enough motivation at this football club,” said Boyd. “He has been brought up as a supporter and the demands are there to be successful.

“It’s not only to be successful but to entertain. As much as he will take note of the opposition and who comes in, he is looking at how to improve Celtic rather than worry about anyone else.

“He will welcome what Stevie G and the rest will do but probably some of the hardest games last year were with Neil Lennon’s Hibs team. Brendan will be concerned with improving here. He’ll start that process by signing Odsonne [Edouard] and one or two others.

“He will be bothered about making Celtic better.”

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Hoops fullback Kieran Tierney has echoed those sentiments. Speaking in the aftermath of a weekend in which the Parkhead side made history by becoming the first Scottish team to embark on a clean sweep in successive seasons, the Scotland internationalist maintained that there will be no easing up.

The Parkhead players are on time off now after a marathon campaign but with the Champions League qualifiers looming, there will be little downtime.

“It’s relentless,” said the in-demand 20-year-old. “We just want to win everything we can. The consistency we’ve shown over two years to win six cups is unbelievable and it’s not really sunk in yet. We’re all delighted.”

And the fullback joked that at last he was in a fit state to enjoy the celebrations in the aftermath of Celtic’s defeat of Motherwell at Hampden on Saturday.

Last season’s journey back to the national stadium from hospital with a fracture to his jaw and stitches to his lip has entered into Parkhead folklore but it was a more traditional celebrations this time around.

“At least I can remember this cup final!” he laughed. “It’s brilliant but it’s not about me at all, it’s about the team and just to play a part in it was brilliant. I’m getting used to that megaphone now. That’s a few times now I’ve done it and I’m delighted to have the opportunity to do that.

The connection between the players and fans is brilliant and around the best it’s ever been, and that’s down to the success of the team. The fans are with us thick and thin, along with the manager and the staff.”