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24th Mar, 2018 | 6:53pm

Celtic boss must resist urge to bring back injured mainstay until Old Firm semi-final


Celtic’s Kieran Tierney is currently out injured with a calf problem which saw him miss the recent league game against Motherwell and both of Scotland’s friendlies.

Brendan Rodgers should continue to rest the player until the Hoops take on Rangers in the Scottish Cup semi-final on April the 15th.

The 20-year-old has played an incredible amount of football this season, 48 matches so far for a mainstay of the team.

The Hoops are set to take on three sides near bottom of the Scottish Premiership table – Ross County, Dundee and Hamilton – before the match against the Gers at Hampden, and with all due respect to those teams the Hoops should have enough to get three wins out of three with Tierney not in the side.

Calvin Miller could replace Tierney and gain some valuable first-team experience, or the Hoops could move to a three at the back system.

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The rest would do the player a world of good, and would have him ready and raring to go for the most important game that the Hoops have left this season.

Tierney has looked exhausted at times this season, particularly in the games before the winter break, and he has looked back to his best before the injury struck.

But as he is such an important player the Hoops shouldn’t take any undue risks on him, and giving him another few weeks off until the semi-final seems like the sensible thing to do.

In other Celtic news, the Hoops are set to make three signings this summer 

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