After more than two months out of action Kieran Tierney made a successful return on Sunday in Celtic’s 4-1 win over Motherwell.
The defender suffered a hip injury during the Europa League defeat from RB Salzburg and has had to return to his role of fan in recent times.
For two weeks he had been involved in full training but Brendan Rodgers resisted the temptation to throw him in against Valencia and got his reward today.
Scott Brown’s suspension handed the armband to Tierney who responded with the cross for Scott Sinclair to open the scoring.
At the start of the second half, with Celtic leading 2-0, the patience of the Hoops skipper was tested as Motherwell pulled a goal back through Gboly Aribiyi. Tierney and his team-mates expected the ball to be returned from a throw in, but Motherwell took the opportunity to score instead.
Some Celtic players lost their composure after that incident but Tierney played a lead role until he was replaced by Jonny Hayes.
Provided there is no reaction, Tierney will continue his return to action away to Hearts on Wednesday as the Hoops look to maintain their winning domestic run all the way through to clinching their eighth successive title.
Here’s a look at how Celtic fans reacted to Tierney’s return on Twitter…
God didn’t know how much I needed to see Kieran Tierney get aggressive and start squaring up to the motherwell lot
— Bekah (@rebekahhhiggins) February 24, 2019
Good to see Ewan Henderson and Nir Bitton coming in and stepping up. Both looking composed in the middle today. Kieran Tierney’s return to the side is going to be very significant from now until the end of the season.
— Agent K ??????????? #FBPE (@KhaosMagician) February 24, 2019
Nice goal Kieran Tierney to Scott Sinclair! Wow!!! 1-0 Celtic over Motherwell!!
— Bassets O’Jockistan (@wsc3) February 24, 2019
Big cheer for Kieran Tierney returning to the starting lineup at Celtic Park. Bitton and Henderson also handed starts against Motherwell who are in superb form. Come on you bhoys in green! ?
— Joe MacNeil (@Iosaph) February 24, 2019
When Kieran Tierney walked oot the tunnel with the captains armband on pic.twitter.com/RxLq8eInMA
— soph (@sophiewalshcfc) February 24, 2019
My boy KT is back ??
— Heather Mc Donald (@heather_YID) February 24, 2019
Good to have u back. That team needs fight and dig. U clearly enjoyed @Scotty_Sinclair first goal ?
— cat (@1888cat) February 24, 2019
Was good to have you back KT, standing ovation thoroughly deserved, we know you bleed green and white, you looked like you’ve never been away, but good to have you back ?
— Danny (@DanTheManMax) February 24, 2019
Good to see you back Kieran ?
— mary ellen dick (@dick_marye) February 24, 2019