Tom Rogic may just be set for his big Celtic chance

By David Walton

October 7, 2019

Tom Rogic’s injury woes are hopefully just about behind him, as all of a sudden he looks set to be handed his big chance.

Rogic has played next to no part this season. Injured during pre-season, he’s been limited to just two sub appearances and a 90-minute display against Partick Thistle in the Betfred Cup.

His last appearance was that match against Thistle, where he managed to nab his first goal of the season. Since then, however, he’s failed to appear in matches against Hibernian, CFR Cluj, or Livingston respectively.

Tom Rogic has struggled for consistency this season (Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Jackie McNamara told Football Insider that Rogic was likely growing “frustrated” due to his lack of freedom from injuries. However, Rogic has surely just been given a big shot in the arm when it comes to his own personal situation at Parkhead.

Ryan Christie’s red card picked up in yesterday’s 2-0 loss at Livingston was a blow. But it’s opened up the door for Rogic to surely make his mark once again.

Injury hopefully won’t rule him out in two weeks

Interestingly, Rogic still missed the matchday squad for yesterday. This comes after apparently picking up another niggling knock (Celtic Twitter). It’s for this reason that McNamara believes he’ll be frustrated.

However, for the Aussie, he has to do all he can to get back on track when the domestic action resumes. Considering Christie remains our top scorer, he’s likely to be thrown back into the side when his suspension is up.

Ryan Christie will likely come back into the mix after his suspension (Ewan Bootman/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

That gives Rogic fixtures at home to Ross County and away Aberdeen to impress. Christie is eligible for the visit of Lazio on Europa League duty. That clash is sandwiched in between the two domestic matches.

If Rogic can inspire, it lifts him to a status he hasn’t been able to reach in some time. Fans have been so impressed by Christie’s displays that not many have been crying out for big Tam to return. But now he has his chance.

Can Rogic win his place back? (Callum Landells/Getty Images)

Getting himself fit enough to feature is the most important thing. If he was to miss out these next two domestic matches then he’ll be ruing a glorious but missed opportunity.

Neil Lennon would likely have to either go with Olivier Ntcham in the number 10 role, or push Callum McGregor forward and play Ntcham in with Scott Brown. But if Rogic can get himself fit, he has a chance to show what he can do once again.