Tom Rogic’s omission from the squad that beat Kilmarnock last night was one of the more disappointing aspects of the night.

Rogic was one of the stars when Celtic managed to overcome Partick Thistle last weekend. That 2-1 success at Firhill saw the Aussie produce one of his sharper performances. Many would’ve then expected him to spearhead last night’s match at Rugby Park.

Celtic midfielder Tom Rogic (Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

However, surprisingly, Rogic didn’t feature. Neil Lennon, speaking to Sky Sports’ coverage of the game (Sky Sports’ Main Event, 22/01, 19:30), simply said that Rogic “didn’t make it”.

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That’s left supporters without a proper explanation for his omission. Reacting to his omission last night, this is what some in our fanbase have been saying:

 

Have to give astroturf excuse the benefit of the doubt

The most logical explanation for Rogic’s omission is due to the fact that we were playing on plastic last night. It’s been a dreadful surface for injuries in the past, and Lennon may have felt that was the last thing Rogic needed.

Some will point to Jozo Simunovic playing of course, and rightly so. He’s also just back from injury yet managed to get through 90 minutes in Ayrshire. However, there’s a key difference between the two.

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Celtic didn’t have cover for Jozo. We were pushed into a position where he had to feature in some part. If he hadn’t, Lennon wouldn’t have had a centre-back in reserve to choose from. As for Rogic, he wasn’t a necessity given the fact that Olivier Ntcham, Callum McGregor, and Scott Brown were all available.

Rogic scores at Partick (Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Lennon, of course, hasn’t confirmed anything. The next update we would hope will be on Friday when Lennon takes to his pre-match presser for the Ross County game. Rogic seemed to be coming into some form after the Thistle game too, and surely needs more minutes under his belt.

As well as that, he’s played on plastic before. Rogic has been a regular on Killie’s astro in recent years. There hasn’t been a need to protect him from it, but Lennon may have felt last night was a special case.

Regardless, we need him back to top form and soon. We’re already getting Leigh Griffiths on the right track, and if Rogic can follow suit, that would be a further boost to our title hopes.

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