Our view: Tom Rogic will have Celtic chance against Copenhagen

By Connor Gordon

February 21, 2020

Celtic midfielder Tom Rogic should start next week against Copenhagen.

His teammate Ryan Christie was booked in the first leg and suspended for the next match.

Rogic is the only natural player on the bench that can come in against the Danish champions.

This is the ideal chance for the Australian to maintain a place in Neil Lennon’s side.

Tom Rogic must rise to occasion for Celtic against Copenhagen

Rogic didn’t feature at all in the first leg draw in the Danish capital.

Odsonne Edouard scoring an away goal for Celtic against Copenhagen. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

Celtic dominated in the first half but were arguably outplayed in the second 45 by Copenhagen.

Injuries and tactical changes saw to it that Rogic didn’t come off the bench to make a difference.

However, the yellow card suspension to Christie will allow Rogic to come in and fill his spot.

Rogic has been in and out the team since a lengthy injury and due to the performances of Christie and Olivier Ntcham.

Ryan Christie was suspended after receiving a yellow card against Copenhagen. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

But, Christie’s rush of blood to the head could just pave the way for Rogic to permanently take his spot.

Celtic will need a Rogic-type next week to keep hold of the ball and get the team pushed up the pitch.

He will also afford the Hoops more of the height that they lacked in the first leg.

Tom Rogic can use his strengths against Copenhagen next week. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Rogic’s wand of a foot can also provide a goal from nothing which might be a secret weapon in what could be another tough tie.

Christie’s discipline this season could potentially see his number in the pecking order go lower.

He has already missed out on game time this season due to suspensions and he faces another next week.

Rogic should be licking his lips at the excellent opportunity to win an influential place in next week’s starting 11.