Celtic fans have to be concerned about left-back Kieran Tierney’s immediate future after some ominous remarks from interim manager Neil Lennon.
Lennon has admitted that the Hoops may have to consider not playing Tierney again this season as he continues to struggle with injury problems.
His latest injury is a calf issue which could keep him out of the upcoming Glasgow derby against Rangers. Lennon has disclosed that the Hoops are understandably being careful with one of their most important players.
“Needs a rest”
“He probably needs a rest. We’ll try and get him over the line as quickly as possible and shut him down for a while” Lennon revealed to the Daily Record.
“I’m not ruling him out, but it didn’t look great. We’ll see. It’ll be judged by the medical team as well.”
The words ‘shut him down’ are rather ominous. It seems that Lennon and the medical staff are out to limit Tierney’s playing time as much as possible.
Decision makes sense
That makes sense, and there are replacement left-backs at the club in Jonny Hayes and Emilio Izaguirre. However, there has to be a worry that Tierney might not play for the Hoops again this season.
That could be for the best though, if it helps to sort his injury issues. Then he would hopefully be fit and available to participate in next season’s Champions League qualifiers. Only time will tell on that front, but Tierney’s fitness issues are a concern to all at the club.