KIERAN TIERNEY has been out since the Salzburg game in mid-December and although the Celtic manager was hopeful of having the defender back for the last two games before the winter break – it turned out Kieran wasn’t fit enough.
The player took a place on the bench at Ibrox but never seen any game time due to injuries in other areas of the team forcing Rodgers to make substitutions he hadn’t bargained for.
Even now, Kieran is still struggling and although he’s out in Dubai with the rest of the squad, he’s not taking part in any training sessions.
Brendan Rodgers has given an update on the player’s condition and has hinted he may not be back for Celtic’s January games.
“He’s still not training. But he’s out here with us and with the rehab team so hopefully next week we’ll see if there is any reaction when he starts training.” Rodgers told CelticTV.
“His injury record is very good obviously apart from when he’s had breaks and stuff.
“I just don’t think there’s a need to really push him through it and inject it and put him in pain every time. He just needs to take a wee breather.
“He’s in good hands with the medical team and we’ll see how he is next week.”
Celtic changed their shape twice because of Kieran’s injury; once at Easter Road and then again at Ibrox – both games ended in defeat. Not having the player to call on is troublesome for the Celtic manager.