Tom Rogic has been one of Celtic’s most impressive performers in recent weeks.
The Australian has brought back the football of his peak years at the club and looks set to play a major part in our fixtures moving forward.
As we enter yet another international break though, there may be some anxiety out there amongst Bhoys fans about what the 27-year-old will be up to.
Rogic is a proud member of the Socceroos and rarely misses the opportunity to join up with his teammates and represent his country.
At times, over the years, it’s had an impact on his ability to play for Celtic. The last thing we would need following his return to the team would be to disappear off around the world on international duty.
Thankfully, there are no such concerns this season.
Despite his return to fitness, he won’t be playing any international matches until 2021.
Football Federation Australia (FFA) announced late last month that planned friendlies in November had been cancelled due to the ongoing pandemic, to ensure the wellbeing of their staff and players.
They had planned to play two matches in London, given many of their players are based in Europe.
It means the only fixtures currently on the books for the FFA are in next year’s Copa America tournament, as an invited guest country.
All of Australia’s qualifiers for the World Cup have also been postponed until next year.
That means Rogic can fully focus on his Celtic return and put our quest for ten-in-a-row first.
He’s created three assists in his last two league matches, also setting up Mohamed Elyounoussi’s Scottish Cup semi-final goal.
Having him as a central focal point in our attack is bringing out the best of the rest of the front four.
Rogic will now have close to a fortnight of match rest before a trip to Hibernian, training and improving at Lennoxtown with his teammates.
It’s a best-case scenario for Celtic.