KIERAN TIERNEY returned to full training today with the Celtic squad at a wild and wet Lennoxtown and will now be pushing hard to prove that he’s ready to play in the Europa League first leg against Valencia next Thursday.
The injury to Emilio Izaguirre gives Brendan Rodgers a selection headache for Sunday’s Scottish Cup 5th Round match against St Johnstone at Celtic Park.
Jonny Hayes came on to replace the injured Izaguirre – the second Celtic player in four days to leave the field on a stretcher – after a horrible tackle. Thankfully it looks like, as Brendan said, ‘he’s got away it’ but he’s unlikely to feature on Sunday.
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The Celtic manager could play Hayes or perhaps more likely re-introduce Mikael Lustig at right back and move Jerry Toljan over to the left full back role – where he played at Dortmund last season.
But for the formidable challenge against the Spanish giants next week, Rodgers would clearly love to have Tierney back in the side and his inclusion will give Celtic a major boost.
This comes on the back of the news that James Forrest’s scan after his hamstring scare at McDiarmid Park, came back clear and while he’ll sit out Scottish Cup tie he will be back for Valencia.
And while the AC/DC experiment went down well before the game against Hibs, can we have Zombie Nation playing for the light show against Valencia please? It would sound and look something like this…
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