Neil Lennon is keen on Kieran Tierney missing Scotland’s Euro 2020 qualifiers against Cyprus and Belgium in June, report the Scotsman.
The left-back limped off in Celtic’s 2-1 victory over Rangers on Sunday, leading to fresh concerns about his fitness.
Although cramp was identified at the time, Lennon is reportedly still worried about Tierney’s condition, following constant injury problems this season.
The 21-year-old missed 10 weeks of action with a hip problem earlier in the campaign, before injuring his calf and missing the recent internationals for Scotland.
Tierney is expected to start for the Hoops in Wednesday’s trip to St Mirren, however, but Lennon is keen to see one of his star men given a proper break at the end of the season:
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.
Celtic know that victory on Wednesday night will take them another step closer to an eighth Scottish Premiership title in a row.
The ‘treble treble’ is also still very much on the cards, as Lennon’s men close in on a legendary achievement.
Celtic's next 3 fixtures
St Mirren (a)
The Hoops are overriding favourites to overcome St Mirren on Wednesday evening.
Livingston make the trip to Parkhead on Saturday afternoon.
Celtic trade league commitments for Scottish Cup semi-final duties, taking on Aberdeen at Hampden Park and looking to keep the ‘treble treble’ dream alive.