Celtic defender Kieran Tierney recently returned to first-team training. The Hoops defender has been out of action since December with a hip injury.
However, Celtic assistant manager Chris Davies disclosed on the club’s Twitter account that Tierney was back in training.
🎙️Chris Davies speaks to the media at Lennoxtown, ahead of #CELHIB this Wednesday.
🗣️"KT was training on his own today, he is building his rehab steadily. Nthcam trained, Boyata trained, Odsonne Edouard had a bad knock yesterday, and we’ll see how he feels." pic.twitter.com/zIDQarucEH
— Celtic Football Club (@CelticFC) February 4, 2019
Davies’ words show that the club is doing the right thing when it comes to Tierney. He has to return to the first-team ‘steadily’, there is no point in rushing him back into the side.
You would imagine that there might be a temptation to include Tierney in the squad to face Valencia in the Europa League. That would not be the best idea.
It would be reminiscent of the left-back being on the bench for the recent 1-0 loss to Rangers when he had little chance of actually getting on the pitch. Hopefully there have been lessons learned since that bizarre decision.
Celtic also have a competent left-back at the moment in the team in Emilio Izaguirre.
If there was an injury crisis at left-back, then there could be a reason for speeding up Tierney’s comeback. There isn’t though, and it makes all the sense in the world to reintroduce the player gradually into the team.
A brief cameo as a substitute would be a good start. It is too early for that to come against Hibernian, but maybe against St Johnstone on Sunday.