The Celtic left-back missed Scotland’s crucial Nations League games with a hamstring issue but looks set for a weekend return to action.
Kieran Tierney has established himself as a key player for both Celtic and Scotland since coming through the ranks at Parkhead.
The 21-year-old has received great praise from the likes of Hoops manager Brendan Rodgers, who has described him as one of the best full-backs in Britain.
Teammate Emilio Izaguirre, meanwhile, thinks Tierney has what it takes to become the best left-back in the world.
However, the Douglas-born defender has found himself on the receiving end of criticism from some Tartan Army members after missing the latest batch of international games.
Tierney was one of nine call-offs last week as Alex McLeish’s side beat Albania and Israel to clinch a Euro 2020 play-off place and Nations League promotion.
On Thursday, the full-back told reporters at Celtic’s pre-match press conference that he “was gutted to have been pulled out” of Scotland contention due to a hamstring issue.
“I said ‘I’m fine, I’ll carry on’ but they said they can’t take risks like that and they pulled me out and sent me for a scan,” he continued. “After that I had to come in here for rehab.”
Tierney also stated that he has “been training the last couple of days and it’s getting better”, with a spot in Rodgers’ squad against Hamilton Academical seemingly within reach.
His comments drew the ire of some Scotland fans on Twitter:
Everyone of the players who pulled out and turn out for their clubs this weekend should miss the qualifying campaign- got to want to play through the bad times and the good— Stuart (@thestug1985) November 22, 2018
Every one of them shouldn’t be allowed to play if they’ve pulled out— Hey Abbbbottttt (@pmk1967) November 22, 2018
Returns this weekend #shock— Rab Dryden (@rabdee) November 22, 2018
And even some Celtic supporters seemingly poked fun at Tierney following the press conference:
Scott Brown and Leigh Griffiths are also back in training for Celtic after recent injury problems.