KIERAN TIERNEY has NOT been ruled out by Arsenal boss Mikkel Arteta as he prepares his squad for Saturday’s Premier League game against Manchester City at The Etihad.

Celtic will be watching the situation closely after the nine-in-a-row champions had been told Ryan Christie won’t be allowed to play against Steven Gerrard’s Ibrox outfit in the derby at Parkhead on the same day.

Ex-Hoops favourite Tierney and the midfielder were ordered to isolate after coming in contact with Scotland international team-mate Stuart Armstrong who tested positive for coronavirus before last Thursday’s Europa play-off semi-final against Israel at Hampden.

Following swab tests by the Parkhead medical team, Christie has twice shown up as negative.

Like Tierney¬†he has was told to go into quarantine for 14 days, but the Londoners are still hopeful the left-back will be given the go-ahead to play against Pep Guirdiola’s side.

They hope to learn if they can earn special dispensation regarding the defender’s availability to play.

Arteta, speaking to Sky Sports News, said: “This is getting very complicated when we send players abroad and lose control. Some authorities have different regulations to the ones in the Premier League.

“We are still having some discussions and, hopefully, we will have more news this afternoon.”

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