Celtic’s Tom Rogic has not contributed to the first-team perhaps as often as expected this season, and Celtic boss Neil Lennon has given a reason why, as reported by the Scotsman.
The mercurial midfielder has made only 15 appearances this season, with his last start coming in the 2-1 Scottish Cup win over Partick Thistle in the first game after the winter break.
Now Lennon has detailed why Rogic’s involvement has been limited, ahead of Sunday’s Scottish Cup tie against Clyde.
“Flares up after games”
“Tom Rogic has a little bit of a knee problem which flares up after games, but we have strength in depth in the squad” Lennon said, as quoted by the Scotsman.
That does sound a tad worrying about Rogic. It may explain why after his 85 minutes against Partick, he has been limited to only cameo roles.
Limited game time in last two fixtures
For example, he played only 18 minutes of Celtic’s last two league games against Hamilton and Motherwell.
You have to imagine that the prospect of playing on an artificial pitch against Clyde will limit Rogic’s game time for the Scottish Cup tie too.
The Hoops should still be able to pick a strong enough team to defeat Clyde without Rogic though. Hopefully a solution to his injury issue can be found sooner rather than later.
When he is on his game, Rogic can be one of the best players in Scotland. At the moment though, he may be limited to a cameo towards the end of the game.