Tom Rogic will unfortunately miss tomorrow night’s trip to St Mirren, with Celtic boss Neil Lennon confirming he still isn’t ready for action.
Rogic hasn’t played a single minute of game-time for the Hoops this season. Despite making the bench for previous matches against Hamilton and KR Reykjavik respectively, the Aussie was never brought on by the manager.
It was also recently confirmed that Rogic would be staying in Scotland for now after turning down a potential switch to Qatar this summer (The Herald).
However, Celtic supporters eagerly awaiting Rogic’s return to fitness will have to wait a little longer. Speaking at his pre-match press conference in comments published on the club’s Twitter feed, Lennon confirmed that Rogic would once again be absent:
🗣️ NL on injuries: "Mikey [Johnston]’s rehabbing well. We’ll assess him day by day, maybe another 2/3 weeks away from training. Leigh [Griffiths] and Tom [Rogic] are back training but haven’t played or trained a lot so they won’t be in the squad for tomorrow." #STMCEL
— Celtic Football Club (@CelticFC) September 15, 2020
Tom unlikely to be too far away at this point
This comes as a blow as the manager had previously stated that Rogic would be available for tonight’s match. Speaking to Sky Sports last week, Lennon said: “He’s back, he’s training today. He’ll not be available for the squad at the weekend (Ross County game) but he’ll be available on Wednesday against St Mirren.”
So it’s disappointing that there appears to be a slight change of plans there. All eyes will now turn to whether Rogic is fit and available for the visit of Livingston on Saturday.
However, he can’t be too far off now. Considering he’s now been back in training for a week and was part of the club’s pre-season plans, he shouldn’t have a lot of catching up to do.
It’s also not as if the Wizard of Oz was going to start tomorrow night. His spot in the team will likely be given to Ryan Christie. But the sooner we see Rogic back on the pitch, the more confident we can be about our strength in depth.
Rogic’s last competitive game for Celtic came back in March before the global pandemic. He’ll be as eager to get back on the pitch as the supporters are in seeing him.
Hopefully, he’s back in time to get a good run of minutes before the next international break in October.