Celtic great John Hartson has claimed that Tom Rogic is “fit” for Rangers, despite it having yet to be confirmed by the club.
The Aussie has been out for several months through injury. Rogic hasn’t played for Celtic at all since the winter break, but he looks like being touch-and-go for Sunday.
Rogic didn’t play in last Friday’s bounce-game against Morton either. It’s unlikely Neil Lennon would’ve left him out for it too had he been available, considering his lack of game-time.
But Hartson believes that Rogic is fit and ready to go for Sunday. Speaking in the Evening Times, the ex-Celt had this to say on the mercurial Aussie.
“Tom Rogic has been missed and is now fit.
“There is nobody else quite like him, the way he can turn an opponent, his dribbling and shooting ability. The Australian loves playing against Rangers.
“He’s had no game time for almost two months, but I wonder if Lennon will ask him to go out there for an hour and try to run the Rangers defence ragged as he has done so many times before.”
Does Hartson know something we don’t?
Given how close Hartson is to Lennon, hopefully there’s been some information provided here. Rogic has yet to be publicly declared as fit by the Celtic manager, but Hartson seems confident that he is.
When Lennon takes to his press conference later this week, we should find out for definite.
You also have to take into account the risk of just throwing Rogic in too. He hasn’t played in three months, so surely there will be some rustiness there. Does he perhaps need to be integrated back into the team gradually?
We’ve seen in the past that a 50% fit Rogic isn’t a good enough acquisition to have in the squad. For the Aussie to be worth playing, he needs to be near full-fitness at the very least.
It looks like Lennon may, however, be ready to throw the curveball of Rogic in for Sunday. Hartson seems confident in it, and he is, after all, a close friend of the interim Celtic boss.