Celtic call-off Tom Rogic will not be missed for the derby against Rangers at Ibrox.

The Australian will miss the top of the table clash as he has been called up for international duty.

This is causing controversy with the Socceroos not playing until a week after the Rangers game.

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Celtic depth is the solution

One area the Hoops are strong in is the attacking midfield position. With Ryan Christie and Callum McGregor playing secondary positions, they can easily slot in behind the striker.

Callum McGregor likes to have his way against Rangers and may play in place of departing Australian. (David Young/Action Plus via Getty Images)

Depending on the shape, even Mikey Johnston can play in that position.

The past couple of games have shown the youngster can play in the middle with no fuss.

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Furthermore, if the shape changes to a false-nine or a 4-3-3, a player behind the striker will not be required.

Rogic isn’t playing to standard recently

Celtic fans must admit that the quick footed Aussie hasn’t been affective of late.

 

The 26-year-old was out his depth against RB Salzburg in the Europa League.

Salzburg show that Rogic is a bit away from his usual form this season. (Andy Buchanan/AFP/Getty Images)

At the weekend’s game against Dundee, Rogic was arguably The Bhoys’ poorest player. Having played 28 games already this season, the fixtures are starting to show on him.

Rogic’s stamina has always been somewhat of a weakness too, and with a hefty December schedule this was bound to happen. Assuming Rogic will feature against Aberdeen, this would only increase the workload.

Socceroos need their star man for Asia Cup clash against Jordan…a week after the Rangers game. (Albert Perez/Getty Images)

After that, the midfielder goes to Dubai for a well-needed break before playing Jordan in the Asia Cup.

Rangers fear Rogic, but they get a pass this time. They are, however, forgetting that there are many more things to worry about.

Dedryck Boyata is coming back as well as a hungry Odsonne Edouard.

Christie is also making his way back into the first team and is on top form.

The Australian is a loss but there are plenty of others who will take over from his previous derby form and have their name in lights.

 

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