There is no doubt that in Celtic’s recent matches, Tom Rogic has been one of the Hoops’ best players. Look at how well he performed in the recent games against Aberdeen. His three assists in those games showed just what he is all about.
However, when it has come to Europa League fixtures this season, Neil Lennon has elected to start Olivier Ntcham over Rogic in the starting line-up. Arguably that must be considered a bit of a gutsy move. Especially when you consider how well Rogic has played recently.
Manager should not be afraid to make decision
However, it is a move that Lennon should repeat against Sparta Prague. It shouldn’t be forgotten that Ntcham was excellent in Celtic’s game against Lille last week. He faded in the second-half, like the rest of the team did, but he helped the Hoops dominate much of the game.
Some fans might be against the prospect of Rogic being dropped from the starting line-up. However, Rogic could still come off the bench, and it will give him a break before the game against Motherwell on Sunday.
That game is a must-win for Celtic to keep the pressure on Rangers in the title race. Rogic might not be able to start two games in a week at the moment. Therefore, it makes sense to keep him out of the side to face Prague, but he can return for the league game.
Tough decisions have to be made at times
Neil Lennon will want Celtic to be successful in both competitions. However, Celtic’s hectic schedule means that sometimes tough decisions have to be made.
That could mean dropping a player who has been in excellent form recently to the bench. Neil Lennon might well decide to do that for the game against Sparta Prague.
It makes sense to rotate certain members of the squad at the moment. Swapping Rogic for Ntcham is the correct thing to do at this moment in time.