Scotland fans react as Celtic star Kieran Tierney gives injury update

Celtic's Scottish defender Kieran Tierney celebrates after scoring during a UEFA Europa league group stage football match between Celtic and Liepzig at Celtic Park stadium in Glasgow,...

The Celtic left-back missed Scotland's crucial Nations League games with a hamstring issue but looks set for a weekend return to action.

11th November 2018, Tony Macaroni Arena, Livingston, Scotland; Ladbrokes Premiership football, Livingston versus Celtic; Kieran Tierney of Celtic comes forward on the ball

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.

Scotland's defender Kieran Tierney (R) vies for the ball with Israel's defender Taleb Tawatha during the UEFA Nations League football match between Israel and Scotland at Sammy Ofer...

"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:

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.

31st October 2018, Kilmac Stadium, Dundee, Scotland; Ladbrokes Premiership football, Dundee versus Celtic; Kieran Tierney of Celtic and Cammy Kerr of Dundee

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