KIERAN TIERNEY distanced himself from the suggestion by Scotland boss Alex McLeish that it was the Livingston pitch which made him unavailable for Scotland.

McLeish bemoaned the artificial surface the Celtic bhoys played on before international duty and claimed all of the Celtic players who came in were suffering from tightness.

This was a point of contention for Livingston boss Gary Holt who had a go at McLeish for suggesting his club’s pitch had anything to do with it.

Kieran seems to back this up with his explanation as to why he left the Scotland training camp early and did not play a part in their two victories.

Tierney told Celtic TV: “I’m fine to play on any surface. My injury could’ve happened on a grass surface too.

“I went to Scotland training and tried my best, but the first few days it was a bit tight still and I felt something.

“For me, I said I was fine, I will carry on, but they said they can’t take risks like that, so ultimately they pulled me out and sent me for a scan.

“After that I had to come in here for rehab for a couple of days.”

Tierney is fit and ready to go again for Celtic. He will have to play on another artificial surface at Hamilton on Saturday but that shouldn’t be a problem for the left back.

Celtic go into the game looking to extend their lead at the top of the table.


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