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BACK PAGE BULLETIN: CELTIC RECORD-BREAKER’S COMEBACK TARGET, ODSONNE’S DOUBLE DOUBLE, VETERAN BOSS’ CAPITAL WISH

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KIERAN TIERNEY is on his way back from injury – and could make his Arsenal debut against Manchester United at Old Trafford on September 30.

The Scotland international left-back, who quit Celtic in a record-breaking £25million deal on the Premier League deadline day, is scheduled to resume full training within the next fortnight.

Tierney was originally believed to be out until next month, but the London side have been delighted with his progress as he has battled to overcome a double hernia problem following an operation in the summer.

The defender had been used only sparingly by the Hoops in the second part of last season’s historic treble treble campaign and played only nine games in 2019.

But there are hopes the 22-year-old will be fit to face United and his international colleague Scott McTominay in a Monday night encounter at the end of the month.

ODSONNE EDOUARD took centre stage again in the Stade de France last night when he scored his second double in three days for the France Under-21 international side.
The Celtic striker made his debut at this level on Friday when he came on as a substitute against their Albanian counterparts with his side 1-0 ahead and he added two more as they romped to a 4-0 victory.

Edouard was given the opportunity to start the friendly against the Czech Republic and he starred again with a pair of outstanding strikes as the French kids won 3-1.

They had been shocked when the visitors took the lead through Patrik Zitny, but the Hoops ace led the comeback and claimed the equaliser and he repeated the feat while Bryan Mbeumo chipping in the other.

NEIL WARNOCK, the Cardiff City manager who is poised to quit at the end of the season at the age of 70, has made a bizarre admission.

The veteran gaffer wishes he had managed one of the Edinburgh sides in competition to Celtic and Rangers.

Warnock, speaking to the Edinburgh Evening News, said: “I’ve always fancied one of them – Hibs and Hearts.

“It appeals to me up there with them being neighbours.

“No disrespect to the big two, but I’ve always been an underdog and I’ve always thought: ‘I wish I could get a club up there and get a team to rival Celtic and Rangers’.

“That’s how it used to be. Rangers haven’t been the force they were in recent years, but I look back at what Aberdeen did all those years ago. It was unheard of, wasn’t it?
“It would be nice to get something like that going.

“You’d have to do it on team spirit and togetherness and all that because the money isn’t there for Hearts and Hibs to compete with the two Glasgow clubs, really.”

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Acclaimed author Alex Gordon wrote the biography of Scotland international legend Denis Law, entitled 'King and Country'. He is a former columnist with World Soccer magazine and Scottish correspondent of respected European journal L'Equipe.

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