Tom Rogic’s fresh injury blow has caused supporters to react in mostly angry fashion.
Brendan Rodgers revealed on Celtic’s official Twitter account that the Australian international will miss the next six weeks of action. He’s already headed down to London to see a specialist on his knee.
🗣️ BR on Tom Rogic: "Unfortunately, he will be out for up to six weeks. He's seen a knee specialist in London but we'll be without him for a while."
— Celtic Football Club (@CelticFC) February 1, 2019
The news has plenty of Hoops fans aiming their ire at Australia. Despite travelling to the Asia Cup last month with a knee injury, Rogic still featured in every match until the quarter-final match against UAE – which he was suspended for.
The Aussies were subsequently knocked out, and Rogic has come back injured once again.
Supporters, however, have been taking to Twitter to give their general verdict on the news:
I hope we're claiming compensation from @Socceroos
— dusty🍀☘️🇮🇪 (@lippylipez_) February 1, 2019
The Rogic saga this season has really been an omnishambles on all sides.
Unquestionable talent and an eternal hero for us, but frankly I would be looking for a buyer now with a view to moving him in summer. https://t.co/VnqNkLPMbI
— Skylands CSC (@SkylandsCSC) February 1, 2019
Easy for me to say after the event but almost Every Celtic fan knew that Tom Rogic wasn't fully fit when he went off to play for Australia.
They must've known this but it didn't stop Australia burning him out (with extended minutes) and now his knee is hammered.
— Celtic Nation (@CelticNation67) February 1, 2019
Edouard, KT, Brown, Ntcham, Rogic, Griffiths and Benkovic all injured for more than 2 months at some point this season. Absolutely ridiculous the amount of injuries we’ve had this season.
— Gary (@GaryC88) February 1, 2019
Rogic Out for 6 weeks? That cup was never going to end well #raging
— Mark O'Brien (@sparco1979) February 1, 2019
Rogic been away 2 months now out for at least 6 weeks injured , this Asia Cup is s joke for players based in Europe , who picks up his wages ?
— Paul Devanny (@goaliesbhoy) February 1, 2019
We are more annoyed that he missed our most important game of the season but could have still played for you as there was a full week. The Australian FA have to try and be a bit more flexible.
— Ezio (@4La_Volpe) February 1, 2019
I'd have rathered Rogic missed the ibrox trip for an operation than to go play for Australia tbh
— Barry Fulton (@barryfulton) February 1, 2019
Where does the blame lie here?
Rogic missed the December 29th match against Rangers to play in the Asia Cup. After playing over 100 minutes of the last-16 clash, we haven’t heard from him since.
Last week, Rodgers confirmed on Celtic TV that Rogic had returned to Lennoxtown. There was no mention at that stage of any possible injury knock that he was suffering.
But it was suggested he traveled to the Asia Cup with a flared up knee. Despite getting through the 111 minutes against Uzbekistan, that was a tough ask for someone who’s had the injury concerns Rogic has.
It’s clear the Asia Cup hasn’t helped. All evidence points to this occurring during the tournament. It’s hardly likely Rogic hopped on the flight to Glasgow fit and arrived needing to see a specialist and have a six-week break.
Celtic supporters are right to vent their fury at Oz too. The Asia Cup dates aren’t controlled by them, but it’s clear Rogic hasn’t been managed properly in this situation. If he was, he subsequently wouldn’t be injured.
Fortunately, Celtic have been flying without the Wizard of Oz. It hopefully won’t be too big of a blow with Ryan Christie and Callum McGregor picking up the attacking responsibility, however.