Neil Lennon has today provided us with a Kieran Tierney update…..only this time it’s an injury one as opposed to a transfer one.
The left-back continues to be subject of much speculation. But, you could also be forgiven for forgetting the fact that he’s also still out injured. Indeed, Tierney hasn’t featured at all during pre-season. It’s becoming a big concern regarding when he’ll be fit again, as August 3rd’s league opener against St Johnstone starts to look optimistic.
As expected, Lennon was crowded with questions today about Tierney’s transfer saga. There continues to be no real update Lennon can give, and most fans are sick of hearing about it at this point.
But, disappointingly, the manager did confirm that the left-back could still be out for another few weeks. Speaking on Celtic TV, Lenny said the following:
“He’s in the middle of his rehab. He’s just out on the grass at the minute, but he’s still a few weeks away from joining in with the rest of the team. It’s a slow-burner, but we’re pleased with the progress he’s making now.
“He had a few ongoing issues off the back of last season. Obviously the double-hernia and the pubis problem as well which can cause a lot of discomfort and he’s working his way back through that at the minute.”
Tierney update doesn’t inspire confidence
Unfortunately, it doesn’t sound as though we should expect to see Tierney anytime soon. It’s a massive blow ahead of some crucial Champions League qualification matches. With a bit of luck, he’ll be fit for the playoff round if we can make it that far.
Lennon says that he’s several weeks away from joining back in training with the rest of the squad. But that’s not including the time he’ll need to build his match-fitness back up either. He won’t necessarily be fit in a few weeks, he’ll only be ready to return to training.
Of course, what that does open up is a big chance for Boli Bolingoli-Mbombo to impress. He’s been brought in to, at the very least, rival Tierney for the left-back spot. So far, Celtic fans have only had the chance to see him once, but he’ll be in the squad tomorrow, according to Lennon himself.
Meanwhile, Celtic still have Jonny Hayes in reserve if needs must. He’s proven to be a steady if not spectacular performer for the Hoops, and still always puts a good shift in.
But there’s no denying Tierney’s recovery has been going a tad slower than we all would’ve hoped. He consistently seems to be a few weeks away with no end in sight. With a bit of luck, we don’t receive any further injuries at left-back until he returns.