FORMER Celtic star Kieran Tierney faces a race against time to be fit for Scotland’s crunch Euro 2020 play-off against Israel.

The left-back, who quit the Hoops in a record-breaking £25million switch to Arsenal in the summer, is struggling for the crucial encounter at Hampden on March 26.

Tierney dislocated a  shoulder in a game against West Ham last month.

It had initially been feared that he could be out until early March and the news was confirmed by the Gunners on their club website.

The club revealed 12 times-capped KT had undergone an operation on his injury.

A statement read: “Kieran has had successful surgery and will now rehabilitate for around three months, aiming to return to full training in March.”

Tierney, 22, has been missing from Steve Clarke’s recent squads with Greg Taylor, signed by the Hoops in a £2.25million deal from Kilmarnock in summer, taking his place.

Skipper Andy Robertson, of Liverpool, has also struggled for game-time in outings against Cyprus and Kazakhstan.



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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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