KT PROBLEM FOR RODGERS

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KIERAN TIERNEY is a major worry for Brendan Rodgers as he prepares the champions for the game at Ibrox on Saturday.

The Scotland international left-back is struggling with a persistent hip problem and has missed the last four games.

Emilio Izaguirre has replaced the fans’ favourite, but was hooked at half-time yesterday during the 4-3 win over Aberdeen at Pittodrie. The versatile Jonny Hayes came on in his place.

The Honduran international struggled and was adjudged to have given away a penalty-kick in the first-half with a rash challenge on Niall McGinn. Stevie May thumped the award beyond Craig Gordon to level the scores at 1-1.

Tierney will be given every opportunity of being fit in time to face Steven Gerrard’s men, but Brendan Rodgers conceded: “He is clearly a question mark. In the next 48 hours, we will see.

“If not, it’s unfortunate, but we have other guys to come into the squad and that’s always an opportunity.”

With Izaguirre also toiling in the 2-0 loss to Hibs at Easter Road earlier this month, Hayes could get the nod to start.

Rodgers added: “I’ve known Jonny since he was 15, he has played a number of positions and can play wing-back or left-back, so he is pretty comfortable and has that speed and power to get forward.

“But, as you see with his recovery when he got back, he has the work ethic, as well.

“If he has to play there, or Emilio, then there is no problem.”

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