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Tierney back for triple treble role before op rules out Scots duty

 

Cup bid: Kieran Tierney is available for final showdown
Cup bid: Kieran Tierney is available for final showdown

By Ronnie Esplin

Kieran Tierney boosted Celtic's triple treble hopes by declaring himself fit for the William Hill Scottish Cup final against Hearts at Hampden Park on Saturday.

The Hoops left-back last played against Aberdeen at Pittodrie on May 4, the day the Parkhead club clinched their eighth successive Ladbrokes Premiership title, and he will undergo an operation on a double hernia next week.

Tierney, troubled by injury throughout the second half of the season, will not be available for new Scotland manager Steve Clarke's first squad for the 2020 European Championship qualifying games against Cyprus and Belgium next month but is ready for the Jambos match, where a Celtic victory will confirm an unprecedented nine domestic trophies in succession.

The 21-year-old said: "I have been training the last two days and that is the hard two days. I think I have coped quite well with that so it is positive going into the game.

"I would love to go away with Scotland but unfortunately the operation is booked for a few days after the cup final so that would rule me out.

"I think most people are within three and six weeks (out) so it is not too bad. The operation will fix it, that's the good news."

Tierney is "gutted" to be missing out on Scotland's double-header against Cyprus at Hampden on June 8 and Belgium in Brussels three days later.

However, he is optimistic about the future of the national team as he welcomed the "great appointment" of Clarke, who took Kilmarnock from bottom of the table into Europe next season before departing Rugby Park at the weekend.

"We all know what he is about and how good he is, and that's why everybody is so looking forward to working under him and why I am gutted I won't have the chance to make a first impression on his first squad," said Tierney.

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