Australia boss Graham Arnold plans to use Tom Rogic on September 10th

By John McGinley

August 28, 2019

Australia manager Graham Arnold is planning to use Celtic attacking midfielder Tom Rogic as early as September 10th, The Scottish Sun report.

The Socceroos face Kuwait in World Cup qualifying in Kuwait City in just a couple of weeks time.

Arnold is clearly not bothered about the player’s lack of recent action or what impact his trip could have on his fitness or injury problems, claiming that the 26-year-old is set to be called up.

As quoted by The Scottish Sun, he said: “We’re still monitoring Tommy and keeping an eye on him, but we think he will be fit for the match in Kuwait.

“He’s a big part of what we do and we always expect him to be ready to play for us.

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“He has great commitment to the Socceroos, but overall he’s a great player for us and we expect he’ll be fit as soon as possible.”

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What does this mean for Celtic?

It’s a rather concerning turn of events considering the multitude of matches Rogic has already missed over the years in the wake of Australian international duty.

The second half of his season last term was blighted by fitness problems after a stint at the Asian Cup with the Aussies in January.

He last played for Celtic in May Scottish Cup Final and has missed the entirety of Neil Lennon’s pre-season preparations this summer because of ankle and knee problems.

Surely his priority should be staying at the Hoops and fighting for his place in Lennon’s team? Traipsing off round the world can’t be much good for his chances of reaching his peak again.

We may be doing well with Ryan Christie in the team, but we need Rogic too and right now it doesn’t feel like we’re getting much value from the player.

Considering there are also matches in October and November, perhaps this is one that the 26-year-old can skip for the good of the team that pays him?