There weren’t many positives to take from Celtic’s 0-0 draw against Livingston, but Tom Rogic’s individual display was one of them.
Yes, it wasn’t vintage Rogic. He still didn’t look 100%, and he hardly left the Livingston defenders with nightmares over how much he terrorised them.
But he did show a lot more promise than he did against Rangers six days previously.
Rogic started the game against Livi and lasted the majority of the contest. Throughout that, he fashioned a couple of decent opportunities that saw Liam Kelly forced into action.
His footwork still wasn’t totally up to its usual top standard. Despite that, however, he did occasionally bamboozle the likes of Alan Lithgow and Craig Halkett without being too damaging with his end product.
Rogic was noticeably a bit quicker on the ball this week too. Considering he hadn’t played since the 2-1 win over Rangers, it was a decent improvement on last Sunday.
Should he be thrown in on Sunday?
Now for the million dollar question – does Neil Lennon throw him right back into the mix for Sunday’s Scottish Cup semi-final against Aberdeen?
It’s by far the biggest game of Lennon’s reign so far. Defeat and the treble-treble is out of the window. There can be no passengers, and the interim boss has to make sure Rogic doesn’t fall into that category.
Whatever Celtic have been working on with Rogic over the last week at Lennoxtown, it’s working. But he still isn’t 100% fit, and that was also a clear takeaway from the Livi clash too. He’s getting there, but he’s not quite at those levels just yet.
Rogic’s record against Aberdeen is also extremely difficult to ignore. He’s scored in two of the last three cup finals between Celtic and the Dons. But, in saying that, it’s been nearly two years since his last goal against them also.
We all know Rogic, at his top level, can wipe the floor with any team in Scotland. But Lennon has to make sure he can operate at that level before risking him in the Scottish Cup showdown next week.
Against Livi, we finally saw him move a bit quicker and get into promising goalscoring positions. But improvements still must be made between now and Sunday if big Tam is to start.