Celtic welcome derby return for Lustig and Tierney

By Connor Gordon

May 9, 2019

Celtic crocks Kieran Tierney and Mikael Lustig will return for Sunday’s game against Rangers.

The defensive duo have been nursing injuries this past week.

The Scot had to come off in last week’s league decider against Aberdeen at Pittodrie.

Now, according to The Scottish Sun, both are set to make it through the pain threshold to appear.

Kieran Tierney and Mikael Lustig are big boosts

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Perhaps the only grey area at the moment with Celtic are the full-back positions.

Kieran Tierney is nursing a hernia problem. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

Tierney is struggling to play through a hernia while Lustig is having thigh and calf troubles.

Both men out would have been a massive blow for Neil Lennon who would have to call upon Jeremy Toljan and Emilio Izaguirre.

The injured duo are clearly a class above and will help the Celts fight to win the derby.

Tierney missed the last visit to Ibrox when Callum McGregor had to fill in at left-back.

The less said about that game the better.

With Tierney back, he gives an extra attacking threat down the left but it’s anyone’s guess who will also be down that side.

Jonny Hayes may partner Tierney on the left. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

Lennon doesn’t seem to have a left-sider that he fancies, but will Hayes get the call again?

Neil Lennon’s left-wing drama

At the last derby match at Parkhead, the Irishman went for his fellow countryman, Hayes.

He excelled in the first half and posed problems but an early booking meant he was hooked at half-time.

Scott Sinclair came on to replace him and was like a missing shirt on that side of the pitch.

Last weekend, Lennon opted for Timothy Weah again on the left but he too didn’t do much at all.

Neil Lennon fancied Timothy Weah the past couple of weeks. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

With Hayes’ added defensive capabilities, it would be clear that Lennon would pick the former Aberdeen man again.

However, with Tierney on the borderline of doing more damage, he may save Hayes to replace him later.

Lennon really has a massive decision to make on Sunday.