KT CONCERN FOR RODGERS

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BRENDAN RODGERS is patching up his injury-stricken Celtic side ahead of tomorrow night’s Premiership visit of St Mirren.

Kieran Tierney, Anthony Ralston, Olivier Ntcham and Odsonne Edouard are all likely to sit out the game against the Paisley outfit.

Scotland international defender Tierney’s pelvic problem is a concern for the Hoops boss who revealed he couldn’t put a timescale on a return, admitting it could be early February before he expects to see the left-back in action again.

Rodgers said: “He’s a wonderful talent and a great kid to work with. You know when he is in pain and he really is in pain. He’s a real throwback.

“You could see in training he was pushing and giving everything, but he wasn’t quite right.

“One of his great strengths is his physicality and his power and running ability and when that’s affected it takes away a big part of his game. But we hope he is back soon.

ACTION MAN…Kieran Tierney could be missing until next month. Pic: Geo.

“He’s been on such a run for the last few years, bless him. He loves training and he loves playing games.

“Football really is his life and for him not to be out there playing is tough. But he’s focused on getting back and into the best condition he can be.

“Hopefully, it will be soon because he is a player we miss. He is a player of real quality and we miss him when he is not available.”

Tierney’s last appearance for the Hoops was the 2-1 Europa League loss to RB Salzburg at Parkhead on December 13.

The defender sat missed the games against Hibs, Motherwell, Dundee and Aberdeen before returning to the bench against Rangers at Ibrox before the turn of the year.

Rodgers didn’t get the opportunity to pay him as a substitute following first-half injuries to Kristoffer Ajer and Mikael Lustig and the player was again missing from the team that beat Airdrie 3-0 in the Scottish Cup at the weekend.

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