Celtic handed big injury news before Rangers derby… but star man could miss Old Firm

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Celtic are ten points above Old Firm rivals Rangers with just eight games of the season left to play.

Neil Lennon has won three of his four fixtures since taking over from Brendan Rodgers in February, and also he has a Scottish Cup triumph in sight.

Several of Lennon’s players are away on international duty, and one player is likely to return with an injury.

Kieran Tierney missed Scotland’s embarrassing 3-0 defeat at the hands of Kazakhstan on Thursday and he is now confirmed to miss their home fixture with San Marino.

Tierney’s calf injury could mean he isn’t risked in next week’s clash with Rangers – as Celtic’s huge lead means star players won’t be risked if they’re not fully fit.

However, the Hoops were handed some good news on Thursday evening, as Dedryck Boyata was passed fit to start during Belgium’s win over Russia.

The 28-year-old missed Celtic’s win over Dundee last time out, but Roberto Martinez and his team have assured Lennon of his clean bill of health.

After his players joined up with their international team-mates earlier in the week, Lennon revealed that he is “biting his nails” in hoping his players return fit.

“We have got a lot of players away so you are sitting on the end of the phone biting your nails,” Lennon told Celtic TV.

“The rest of the guys we can rest and work.

”You have to remember these guys have played all the games in every competition domestically.

“They have played Champions League qualifiers, they have played Europa League, they are playing for their countries and they give everything every week.

“At times they need a rest and it is a good time for some of them who aren’t going away with their country to have a break.”

Celtic host Rangers at Celtic Park in the early kick-off next Sunday, as they look for revenge after their 1-0 defeat at Ibrox in December.

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