Celtic star needs international break – Lennon

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Celtic boss Neil Lennon is worried that Kieran Tierney may continue to struggle with injuries if he represents Scotland over the summer.

Celtic boss Neil Lennon is worried that Kieran Tierney may continue to struggle with injuries if he represents Scotland over the summer.

The 21-year-old’s season has been heavily affected by injuries and he only returned from a 10 week lay-off in February.

But he was soon back on the sidelines with a calf problem, which forced him to miss Scotland’s Euro 2020 qualifiers with Kazakhstan and San Marino.

Tierney limped out of Sunday’s victory over Rangers and wasn’t named in the matchday squad for Wednesday’s 2-0 triumph over St Mirren.

Lennon believes Tierney will continue to suffer if he isn’t handed the opportunity to fully rest over the summer.

The interim boss admits the final decision is out of his hands as Tierney could be called up for Scotland’s Group I games with Cyprus and Belgium in June.

Lennon said: ‘I can’t make that decision.

‘Our physio Tim Williamson will make that call with Alex McLeish and his backroom staff.

‘Ideally, I’d love to shut Kieran down for three months now and give him a rest.

Let him do some conditioning work and stay off the grass.

But it’s not an ideal situation at the minute.

‘The culmination of the games he has played over the last three years is bound to take its toll.

A lot of our boys have been around it and played all these games in every competition.

‘Europa League, Champions League qualifiers, games for their countries.

It’s bound to take a toll.’

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