Celtic interim manager Neil Lennon has revealed he wishes he could give Kieran Tierney three months off following his recent struggles with injury, as reported by The Evening Times.
The defender started against Rangers last weekend, but left the action on 70 minutes.
The Scotsman have reported that he could now miss Scotland’s next Euro 2020 qualifiers against Cyprus and Belgium, despite being expected to start against St. Mirren tonight.
It is a frustrating time for Tierney, who has had the most interrupted season of his professional career so far.
He has been limited to just 19 appearances in the Scottish Premiership after missing 10 weeks with a hip injury, and it looks as though his explosive start to his career is now catching up with him.
Tierney’s struggles with injury this year may be in-part down to former manager Brendan Rodgers mismanaging the defender.
Tierney has been a mainstay in the side since making his debut in the 2015/16 season and arguably, he has never been giving time to recover, with Rodgers his coach for the majority of the time.
The 22-year-old has played 14,233 minutes of football so far for Celtic according to The Daily Record, which equates to 41 games per season. That is a lot of football for one still so young.
It’s worth remembering that Tierney is a marauding full-back who spends games flying up and down the wing – he has never been conservative, and constantly puts his body under stress.
He has been vital for Celtic since emerging four years ago, but perhaps Rodgers should have afforded him more rest time whilst he was in charge at Parkhead. Hopefully, Tierney will not become prone to injuries following the non-stop start to his career.