By Will Butcher

Celtic fans believe Christmas has come early on Twitter after Kieran Tierney returned to training following a long-term ankle injury.

The 19-year-old has been sidelined for around six weeks after sustaining serious ankle ligament damage, as well as nursing a damaged shoulder.

The Daily Record reported that Celtic’s number 63 was back in training for the first time since the training injury, which occurred towards the end of October.

According to the report, the youngster is unlikely to feature until after the winter break which kicks in after Celtic’s third Old Firm derby of the season on December 31 and finishes on January 22.

That means Tierney is set to miss all six games over the 18-day period leading up to New Year’s Eve, as he continues rehab to return to full fitness.

Celtic fans have reacted on Twitter with delight after hearing the news, with many desperate to see him back in a Hoops shirt.

Here is a selection of their messages on Twitter:

One fan claimed on-loan winger Patrick Roberts was just as happy to see Tierney back in training.

Tierney was one of the first names on Brendan Rodgers’ team sheets before injuring his ankle, despite his tender age.

Impressive performances in the Champions League against Manchester City and Borussia Monchengladbach had seen him become one of the Hoops star performers this season.

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