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Lennon suggests Tierney may require surgery on a groin problem

Celtic’s interim boss Neil Lennon has indicated that Kieran Tierney may need an operation in order to rectify a groin problem. The Scotland international has been carrying the injury over the course of the campaign, but Lennon suggests that the left-back may have to go under the knife when the season comes to a close.

Speaking after the club’s goalless draw against Hibernian, Lennon acknowledged that the Scot will be visiting a specialist in the near future to assess the severity of the problem. He added that the young defender may require a surgery, although the club are determined to delay the same until the end of the season, he said: “He is a bit sore, he is going to see a specialist this week to get a clear indication of where he is. He may require surgery but we are trying to hold that off until the end of the season.”

Meanwhile, in the same interview, Lennon indicated that Tierney’s concern has been concentrated around the pubic area and he could gather some advice from Paris Saint-Germain’s Marco Verratti, who went under the knife for an operation last summer after previously deciding against the same for a few seasons.

Celtic had the opportunity to close down on the Scottish Premiership title on Sunday but they squandered the chance with a goalless stalemate. As such, they may have to wait until next weekend at the least to find out whether they have bagged their eighth successive top-flight title. Elsewhere, the club are on course to push for a hat-trick of trebles after reaching the final of the Scottish Cup. The game is scheduled after the conclusion of the league campaign and the Hoops remain favourites to overcome Hearts, who have dropped off with their performances during the backend of the season.