Tom Rogic made his return to the starting XI this afternoon as Celtic comfortably dispatched Kilmarnock 3-1 at Parkhead.

The Aussie put in a fine shift and will be disappointed he didn’t get on the scoresheet. Rogic managed just under 75 minutes before being taken off for Mohamed Elyounoussi.

Tom Rogic

Tom Rogic (Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

The highlight of the game for him will be coming close in the first 15 minutes when he forced Laurentiu Branescu into a fine save. He got into plenty of attacking positions throughout – coming particularly close to connecting with a Leigh Griffiths cut-back too.

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Regardless, it was a positive day for the Aussie as he put in a good shift in an attacking midfield position. Reacting to his display today, here’s a look at some of the fan reaction:

Is Tam in with a shot for Thursday?

As is to be expected, today’s game now opens up plenty of talking points with regards to the team for Thursday night.

Copenhagen visit Parkhead looking to be only the third team to win at Celtic Park this season. However, with the Hoops in control after a 1-1 draw in Denmark, you’ll do well to find someone who doesn’t believe we’re the favourites.

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Regardless, Lennon will have to get the team selection right. Rogic did himself no harm today either, and with Ryan Christie suspended for the second leg, it’s fair to ask the question. Rogic has the skill to take Christie’s place if Lennon goes with a 4-2-3-1 formation.

Tom Rogic in action vs Rangers

Tom Rogic in action vs Rangers (Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Olivier Ntcham didn’t feature today either of course, and with Griffiths also on the scoresheet, Lennon could also deploy a 3-5-2. That would likely leave Tam out of the team and, at the very least, rooted to the bench come kick-off.

Then again, Rogic’s last league start before today came in December against Ross County. His last start overall came against Partick Thistle at the end of January (Transfermarkt). There’s an argument there for him not playing enough football to be given the jersey on Thursday night.

But what would you do? Has Rogic done enough to get into the team for Copenhagen’s visit? Should our system open up a place for him? Let us know your thoughts in the discussion forum below.

 

 

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