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23rd Apr, 2018 | 3:03pm

Celtic mainstay is running on empty, Rodgers must make bold decision ahead of cup final

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One of the numerous disappointing aspects of Celtic’s recent 2-1 loss to Hibernian on Saturday was the performance of Kieran Tierney.

The 20-year-old was booked for a first-half foul, and it seemed to affect his game from them on, as he seemed remarkably timid.

The reason for his poor performance was not only his fear of getting sent-off, but the fact that the player is exhausted after playing non-stop without a break for practically the entire season.

The Bhoys mainstay has played 51 times for the Hoops this season, which is a remarkable number of matches, and the Hoops’ bizarre policy of not having a natural replacement left-back has unsurprisingly come back to haunt them, as Tierney has been run into the ground.

As soon as the Bhoys clinch the league title – potentially against Rangers on Sunday – Brendan Rodgers must make the bold decision and rest the defender for the three league games left in the season.

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The results in those games will not matter; the league will already have been won, and the young defender can get a much-needed rest for a few weeks and return for the Scottish Cup Final against Motherwell.

The Hoops will really need to add another left-back in the summer so that Tierney can get some breaks next season – he cannot go on being run into the ground every season.

The Bhoys will need Tierney fresh for the Champions League qualifiers beginning in July, and giving him a rest this season could help towards that goal.

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