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EARLY HOOPS RETURN FOR KT

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KIERAN TIERNEY has returned to Celtic after being ruled out of Scotland’s Euro 2020 qualifier against San Marino on Sunday.

The Hoops left-back missed yesterday’s humiliating 3-0 flop against Kazakhstan in Astana through injury, but was expected to play in the must-win tie at the weekend.

Tierney is suffering from a groin problem, but is expected to be fit in time for the visit of Steven Gerrard’s Ibrox side a week on Sunday when the champions have the opportunity to move THIRTEEN points ahead at the top of the Premiership as they zero in on an eighth successive title.

The 21-year-old, who played the full 96 minutes in the 1-0 victory over Dundee at Dens Park on Sunday, missed 10 weeks of this campaign due to a pelvic complaint.

Tierney returned in the 4-1 triumph over Motherwell on February 24 and has been in place since.

He travelled with the international squad for the Euro double-header, but it was decided he should come back to the Hoops for treatment.

Skipper Andy Robertson was also absent for yesterday’s loss where manager Alex McLeish was forced to start Graeme Shinnie at left-back.

The Liverpool back-four operator will join the rest of the squad today after recovering from dental surgery.

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