Tom Rogic will miss Celtic’s final two games of the season against St Johnstone and Hibernian, according to the Daily Record.
In a quote piece about John Kennedy, the Record has stated that Rogic won’t be available to feature for the Hoops this week. This comes after his mysterious omission from the squad at Ibrox last weekend.
Rogic has been a regular on Celtic’s bench this season, racking up 13 substitute appearances this season [Transfermarkt]. The Aussie has struggled for form and consistency, with neither Neil Lennon nor John Kennedy keen on putting their faith in him on a weekly basis.
No reason has been given as to why Rogic is out for the last two games. He would’ve been one of the players Kennedy would’ve surely had in his mind to feature given he’ll be using his squad for these matches.
Instead, however, it’s the same old story. Whenever an opportunity for Rogic opens up, something else always holds him back.
Frustration for Tom Rogic, but who can take his spot this week?
It’s yet more frustration for the decorated Aussie, who’s been with Celtic since 2011. Now, all focus moves on to who could take his spot this week.
In terms of number 10s, we aren’t currently blessed when it comes to the fringe players or even the youth ranks. It’s difficult to see anyone other than Ryan Christie and David Turnbull simply being rotated in Rogic’s position over the next two matches.
Hopefully, at the very least, it opens up a spot in the matchday squads for one of the youth products. Celtic have consistently had youngsters training with the first-team squad over the last several years. The likes of Dane Murray, for example, has been heavily involved without being given a spot in the squad.
You then have others such as Karamoko Dembele and Armstrong Okoflex who are surely ready to be thrown into the mix. We should use Rogic’s omission to provide an opportunity for a youngster to experience the matchday squads and potentially even time on the pitch.
Now is the time to do it with next to nothing to play for but pride this season. And there isn’t even a lot of that going around either.
As for Rogic, this doesn’t look great. Another case of injuries holding him back perhaps? You would hardly be surprised.