FORMER Celtic favourite Kieran Tierney has returned to pre-season training a week earlier than scheduled – to get fit in time to play against Rangers at Ibrox on Saturday.

After taking part in Euro 2020 with Scotland, the £25million left-back was granted a full month off by the London club’s boss Mikel Arteta, the ex-Gers midfield ace.

But after just three weeks, Tierney has opted to join his team-mates at the Oriam Performance Centre in Edinburgh. He spent his first day back being put through his paces in an individual training session, according to the Scottish Sun.

The 24-year-old one-time Hoops hero is now in contention to face Steven Gerrard’s side in two days’ time.

Tierney’s return came just a day after the Gunners’ dismal 2-1 defeat to Hibs at Easter Road.

A side featuring the likes of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Willian, Nicolas Pepe, Alexandre Lacazette and Emile Smith Rowe lost out to Jack Ross’ men, as Scotzine reported.

Now the international defender, who played in the three Euros games against Czech Republic, England and Croatia, is poised to make a quickfire return in time to face Gerrard’s side.


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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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