Celtic fans were left dismayed by the news that Kieran Tierney will miss the first leg of the Europa League tie against Valencia.
The defender has been out of action for two months due to a hip injury but had seemed on course to face the Spanish side as the Hoops battle for a place in the last 16 of the Europa League.
Tierney resumed full training last week but sat out the weekend win over St. Johnstone, allowing Jonny Hayes to deputise with Emilio Izaguirre also out injured.
Having been sidelined for two months it would seem unlikely that the plastic pitch at Rugby Park will be the surface to bring the defender back into action on Sunday.
The return leg in Valencia or home match against Motherwell, therefore, would seem the next likely occasions for Tierney to return to action.
Brendan Rodgers did announce that Izaguirre is available to face Valencia which gives the Hoops boss the choice of the Honduran internationalist or Hayes to play at left-back.
Here’s a look at what Celtic fans have been saying on Twitter…
— Celtic Football Club (@CelticFC) February 13, 2019
Kieran Tierney won't be available for tomorrow night valentines day is cancelled thanks Celtic am crying.
— Paul Boyle (@PaulB_67) 13 February 2019
I’d play an un-match fit Kieran Tierney over all our other LB’s tomorrow. Could be a real difference maker.
— Jamie (@Jamie67_) February 13, 2019
Kieran Tierney will miss the Valencia match tomorrow night. A real blow. Who should start at left back then?
— Darrell Currie (@darrellcurrietv) February 13, 2019
Like most I’m gutted Kieran Tierney isn’t available for Thursday and it does weaken us but some of the doom and gloom tweets are a bit OTT, we have to get behind the bhoys who will be playing and give them our full support #Celticfc #CelVal
— Mr Indy1888Mz Griff (@independent1888) February 13, 2019
Yep, with the bigger picture being the treble treble and, more importantly, Kieran Tierney’s long-term health
— SM (@SM1967_) February 13, 2019
Not be back for Sunday either with that disaster of a pitch at Killie
— Vakoun Comunista Bayo (@LeBon1989) February 13, 2019