Livingston’s Lyndon Dykes is looking forward to meeting fellow countryman Tom Rogic at Celtic Park on Saturday.
Dykes was the hero for Livi the last time the two sides met. The Aussie chipped Fraser Forster to put the game beyond doubt in a 2-0 success for Gary Holt’s men back in October.
One player who didn’t play for Celtic, however, was Rogic. The Wizard of Oz wasn’t in the squad as Ryan Christie got himself sent off whilst playing in the number 10 position.
But there’s every chance that both Dykes and Rogic are on the same field on Saturday. Speaking to the World Game, the Livi forward has stated that he’s looking forward to meeting Tam whilst admitting how difficult Parkhead will be for his side.
“He wasn’t in the squad the last time we played them and I know he’s had a few injuries here and there. Hopefully we came up against each other and I’ll get to say hello – even though he probably won’t know who I am!
“It’s going to be hard for us at Parkhead … they have players who can create something from nothing and will be looking to show the last result was a one-off.
“We won’t be able to afford any mistakes and will have to be very wary.”
Every chance that Rogic starts on Saturday
Celtic boss Neil Lennon hasn’t hinted at who could start on Saturday against the Tony Macaroni Arena outfit, but this should read like a great game for Rogic.
The Australian maverick has made a minimal impact this season due to knocks. Overall, he’s only managed four appearances in our 11 league games (Transfermarkt). However, there’s no reason for Rogic to miss out this Saturday.
His main rival for the number 10 spot, Ryan Christie, played in both of Scotland’s Euro 2020 qualification matches over the last week. With Rennes coming up at Parkhead next midweek, it would be ideal to rest him.
Even though there is the temptation to mix up the team in Europe considering we’ve qualified, we still have top spot to nab. With Cluj away to Lazio, there’s a great chance we can finalise top spot before even going to Romania on matchday six.
Therefore, it makes more sense for Rogic to start against Livingston. It’s a nice game for him to ease back into proceedings, and gives Christie a well-earned break.
As for Dykes, he might find he has someone else wanting to say hello to him in Christopher Jullien…