Hernia op set to keep Celtic’s Kieran Tierney out of Scotland double-header

Kieran Tierney is set to return to action for Celtic against Aberden tomorrow but now appears all but certain to miss Scotland’s Euro 2020 qualifiers against Cyprus and ?Belgium next month.

Celtic's Kieran Tierney is set to miss Scotland's Euro 2020 qualifiers in June. Picture: Ian Rutherford/PA Wire

The left-back missed Celtic’s last two matches as he saw a specialist to try to resolve hip and pelvic problems which have troubled him throughout the season. It has now been confirmed that Tierney needs surgery on a double hernia which will sideline him for around four weeks.

Celtic interim manager Neil Lennon confirmed that the player is trying to postpone the operation in order to play a part in the Scottish champions’ remaining fixtures this season as they attempt to win a triple treble of domestic trophies. But Lennon says there is no guarantee Tierney will see it through to the Scottish Cup Final against Hearts on 25 May and he does expect the 21-year-old to be unavailable for Scotland’s Group I games against Cyprus at Hampden on 8 June and Belgium in Brussels three days later.