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:

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.

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