If Celtic’s fears that Kieran Tierney needs an operation are true, then he must be replaced with a new signing at left-back.

Emilio Izaguirre has not provided adequate cover for the Scotland international, and Johnny Hayes is also not a natural left-back.

Brendan Rodgers resorted to playing Callum McGregor at left-back against Rangers. The Celtic performance and result that day showed why that can never be an option again.

Tierney’s hip has plagued him for some time. (Photo credit ANDY BUCHANAN/AFP/Getty Images)

Rodgers gave an update to Tierney’s injury yesterday, and he refused to rule out surgery for his star defender.

With that in mind, it is essential that Celtic replace Tierney with a new left-back, at least on loan.

Celtic have utilised the loan market well in the window so far. They’ve added Timothy Weah and Oliver Burke until the end of the season.

While some fans may have preferred longer deals for both, they’d understand signing a left-sided defender on loan until the summer.

Izaguirre has been linked with a move to Turkey, so Celtic may be in the market for a left-back in any case.

The full back’s absence would be a huge loss to Celtic. (Photo by Martin Rose/Bongarts/Getty Images)

There are reports that ex-Rangers trialist Anderw Gutman will sign for Celtic. Although he is a left-back, he is vastly inexperienced, and it is not thought he’d be in contention to play straight away.

Calvin Miller has returned from Dundee, but he is much more of a natural winger than full back. Despite Rodgers’ insistence on playing him at left-back, he’s rarely impressed there for Celtic.

One man who is never far away from a rumour linking him to Celtic is Leeds’ Barry Douglas. 

Like Robbie Keane, it seems he’s always linked with a move to Celtic Park whenever a window opens. He has been a consistent starter for Leeds this season, so that would appear to be unlikely.

Douglas only signed for Leeds in the summer. (Photo by Stephen White – CameraSport via Getty Images)

Short term-ism will be key

Although everyone would prefer Celtic to plan ahead for the future, their best interests may be served by building for the short term.

If Tierney is to have an extended absence, he must be replaced. However, there’s not one Celtic fan who would prefer to see the Hoops break the bank for a left-back than a centre-half.

With that said, in Tierney’s absence, a short-term solution at left-back will be required.

The trick for Celtic is finding a replacement who is good enough to fill in for Tierney while he’s out. Because the one they signed in the summer, isn’t up to the job.

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