Lennon comments indicate that Tierney may miss Cup final

By John Reid

May 3, 2019

Celtic boss Neil Lennon has admitted that he does not yet know if Kieran Tierney will be fit to play in the Scottish Cup Final against Hearts.

The Hoops left-back needs a double hernia operation in the summer. However, for the moment he is determined to play on until the end of the season.

Lennon has disclosed that the injury could force Tierney to stop playing at any time. Therefore, his participation in the showcase event of the season is in doubt.

“He can’t go on”

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“We are trying to hold off as long as possible but it might get to the point he can’t go on and he misses the Cup Final” Lennon admitted to the Scottish Sun.

“It’s something he can manage but it’s not ideal. But he wants to train and play and get us over the line.”

Tierney is obviously determined to play on and help the Hoops clinch their eighth title in a row.

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Decision could backfire

But it could backfire if he suffers an injury, for example during the match against Aberdeen.

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If he really is determined to play on though, the Hoops must consider shutting him down after the league is won.

If that means he misses the Scottish Cup Final so be it. No doubt Tierney would be upset to miss such a game. But his long-term fitness is far more important than that.