Kieran Tierney can't be rushed back into Celtic first-team

By John Reid

February 6, 2019

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.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.