Kierney Tierney could be at risk of burnout after it emerged the Celtic youngster was set to miss the Hoops fixture against Motherwell on Sunday as well as Scotland’s upcoming friendlies.

The Scottish Sun revealed that a calf injury would see the full-back sidelined for Brendan Rodgers’ side’s trip to Fir Park in the Scottish Premiership.

But the fact that the young Scot has already made 48 appearances for the Hoops this season is a concern, and at just 20-years-old that tally highlights a player who is at a very strong risk of burnout.

The youngster, a favourite of his manager, has become one of the most talked about full-backs in football and was mooted as a possible transfer target of Manchester United back in January.

But lately, his performance levels have dropped and the left-back was run ragged against a strong Rangers right-wing, appearing fatigued.

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So it’s no surprise to hear that the usually evergreen star has finally succumbed to injury and will be out of action until the end of the month.

Rodgers ought to take the opportunity to ensure his prized-possession is wrapped in cotton wool during his injury lay-off and see to it that Tierney is not rushed back into the fold.

48 games is a lot of minutes for any senior level player, let alone a 20-year-old, and if they want to preserve his stardom he needs to be given plenty of time to recuperate.

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