When you look at Celtic’s record against Rangers in recent years, one has to examine how well Tom Rogic has performed against the Hoops’ Glasgow rivals.
So far this season he has not played a minute of football against the Ibrox side, but that will most likely change on Sunday.
Made an impression in recent weeks
After an injury-ravaged start to the season, Rogic is now starting to make an impression on a regular basis. He scored the equaliser in the 2-2 draw against Livingston, and created Leigh Griffiths’ second goal in the 5-0 win over St Mirren.
However, let us examine in more detail his record against Rangers. In 12 appearances against the Ibrox side, Rogic has been on the winning side 10 times. That is a remarkable record.
Scored some vital goals against rivals
In those 12 games he has scored five goals, which is a more than respectable record. Some of those goals have been very important ones too.
Who can forget the curling equaliser to make it 1-1 in the 3-2 win at Ibrox in season 2017-18, which all but clinched the title for the Hoops.
There was also the opening goal rammed into the back of the next in the 2-0 win at Ibrox earlier that season.
Rogic might have been a bit-part player for much of this season due to injury. However, he is now contributing to the team, and Neil Lennon should not be afraid to start such an attacking player at the home of Celtic’s biggest rivals.
Celtic know that a win in the game would all but clinch nine in a row. That is a good reason why Rogic should get the nod to start.
He has the ability to almost win a game on his own if he is on-form. That is reason enough for Rogic to start the game, and hopefully provide Celtic with the impetus to get the win that will all but clinch the league title.