Celtic interim manager Neil Lennon has some intriguing selection decisions to make for Saturday’s Scottish Cup Final against Hearts.
The Hoops are struggling with a bit of an injury crisis at the moment. Scott Brown is struggling with a broken toe, whilst there are doubts over James Forrest and Odsonne Edouard.
You would imagine that with the treble on the line, all three will start the game, even if they are dealing with nagging injuries.
Should not be risked
However, there is another player who is an injury doubt who should not be risked in the game – Kieran Tierney.
In most circumstances, Tierney would be a first pick for the game. He is one of the best players at the club. However, he is struggling badly with injury. Indeed, Neil Lennon has confirmed that he needs a double hernia operation.
Manager must be brave
Lennon must be brave and tell the player that his long-term future is more important than one game. It is best for Tierney that he has the operation as soon as possible.
Either Jonny Hayes or Emilio Izaguirre can replace Tierney at Hampden Park. It isn’t ideal, but it is the best thing for Celtic and for Tierney.
The player can return next season after his operation fit and raring to go. Therefore, he should miss out against Hearts.