There is apparently good news on the Tom Rogic situation after he missed Thursday night’s defeat in Cluj.
According to the BBC, Neil Lennon was simply resting him during the trip to Romania. He’s apparently, therefore, fit to face Hibs at Celtic Park today.
Lennon stated pre-Cluj that Rogic had been left in Glasgow (Celtic TV). He didn’t go into detail as to why, but left him in a list with other players who were simply being rested.
Yet, it didn’t make much sense at the time as Rogic is in desperate need of game-time to boost his sharpness up. He hasn’t played a full 90 minutes since October, but did play over 70 minutes in recent matches against Livingston and Ross County respectively.
Christie over Rogic should be the way today
However, for today’s clash against Hibernian, you would imagine that Ryan Christie will be selected to play in the number 10 position. He scored at Easter Road back in September and remains the club’s top goalscorer.
So, ideally, it would’ve made sense to have Rogic in Romania to try and get some minutes. Perhaps Lenny felt that the journey was something he could’ve done without as he bids to build-up some match sharpness.
It’s just positive to see that no injury has been reported regarding his absence. Celtic have matches coming up against Hibernian, Hearts, and Aberdeen over the next week respectively. Rogic will surely need to be used in order to keep Christie fresh.
Overall, it’s been a massively frustrating campaign for the Aussie. He’s only managed to start four of our 16 league games, and only six of our 34 matches in all competitions (Transfermarkt).
Celtic could probably have done with him in Cluj too. Whilst Mikey Johnston was electric, he could easily have played on the left given how poor Scott Sinclair was on the night. Having big Tam in the number 10 position could’ve provided us with the cutting edge we needed. Not that the result mattered in truth.
In any case, the positive is that his absence doesn’t seem to be down to anything too unfortunate. Hopefully, if we manage to put on a show against Hibs today, we can see him make some form of appearance at Parkhead this afternoon. Goodness knows he could do with the minutes.