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Celtic's Kieran Tierney declares himself fit to face Hearts in Scottish Cup Final

Left-back Kieran Tierney is available for Saturday's game, although he is set to have an operation on a double hernia.

Kieran Tierney has declared himself fit for Celtic's William Hill Scottish Cup final against Hearts at Hampden Park on Saturday.

The Hoops left-back last played against Aberdeen on May 4, the day the Parkhead club clinched their eighth successive Ladbrokes Premiership title.

The 21-year-old said: "I have been training the last two days and that is the hard two days. I think I have coped quite well with that so it is positive going into the game."

However, Tierney will undergo an operation on a double hernia next week.

This means he will not be available for new Scotland manager Steve Clarke's first squad for the 2020 European Championship qualifiers against Cyprus and Belgium next month.

Tierney added: "I would love to go away with Scotland but unfortunately the operation is booked for a few days after the cup final so that would rule me out.

"I think most people are within three and six weeks (out) so it is not too bad.

"You are frustrated, you want to make an impression with the new manager but I have to think of myself long-term as well."

The former Celtic youth player looks forward to a swift return after his operation.

He said: "The first half of the season was great for me. I played most games up until Christmas and then after that it was in and out with injuries but that's what happens in football.

"I tried not to be too upset about that because it can happen to anybody at any time and I just need to be positive, and I have the right people around me, my family and friends. You just need to deal with it.

"The operation will fix it, that's the good news. I will look forward to get the operation and hopefully get back fit as soon as I can."

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