Celtic star man suffers setback ahead of Rangers showdown - report

Kieran Tierney has given Celtic a fright ahead of the Old Firm showdown after missing training on Tuesday, according to the Scottish Sun.

The newspaper claim the left-back faces a late battle to be fit for the clash against Rangers at Parkhead after withdrawing from the Scotland squad with a calf injury.

The Sun report Celtic’s coaching staff will give Tierney “until the last minute to declare himself fit” as he continues to receive medical treatment from the club.

Football Insider verdict:

As if it was in any doubt, Tierney’s absence for two months earlier this season with a hip injury demonstrated how integral he is to a Celtic team who rely upon the academy product for his consistent excellence on the left side of the defence. The 21-year-old is already a four-times title winner and has racked up an enormous 166 senior appearances already. He’s far more than just a solid defender with the positioning, timing and awareness to make life tough for his opposition winger. Tierney is also vital to Celtic’s attacking play and his composure on the ball and threat on the overlap gives the side an excellent outlet. How badly he was missed in December when Callum McGregor filled in at left-back and Celtic were left hopelessly outgunned in midfield. Brendan Rodgers got that one badly wrong, and his successor Neil Lennon will wait until the last possible moment to ensure Tierney can start Sunday’s showdown.

In other Celtic transfer news, are the club about to lose one of their first teamers to Rangers?

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