Celtic boss delivers huge injury boost ahead of cup clash v Albion Rovers
By Matt Farr
Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers has revealed Kieran Tierney is in contention to make his return against Albion Rovers on Sunday.
The 19-year-old has not featured since October after suffering an ankle injury in training, but could make his long-awaited first-team return in Celtic’s upcoming Scottish Cup clash in what would be a huge boost for the Hoops.
Tierney has been a real fan favourite since breaking into the first-team, and the Parkhead faithful will no doubt be delighted to see him back in action on the pitch.
The Scotland left-back has made 19 appearances for the club in all competitions this season, and has established himself as a regular starter under Brendan Rodgers.
His excellent displays have drawn interest from Premier League giants Manchester United, a potential move reported by the Daily Record on Tuesday.
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Speaking ahead of the Albion clash, Celtic boss Rodgers told the Scottish Sun: “The most important thing for Kieran was getting back fit and for us it is like having a new signing.
“He is back training and he played in a practice game and he looked fantastic.
“The time out allowed him to repair his shoulder and obviously the issue with his ankle and get himself that bit stronger and now he will be firing and ready for the rest of the season.”
The game against Albion will be the first competitive action Celtic have had since their Old Firm derby victory over Rangers at the end of December.
Rodgers’ side have just returned from a training camp in Dubai, after the Scottish Premiership season took a mid-season break.
They resume their league campaign against St. Johnstone just three days after their cup clash with Albion, where they will be looking to extend their 19 point lead at the top of the table.
In other Celtic news, Rodgers had made his decision on the futures of two of his fringe players.