Why Celtic are about to get even more exciting after the international break

By David Walton

November 9, 2021

The Celtic supporters have been left buzzing heading into the international break with massive results against Ferencvaros and Dundee respectively.

The attacking prowess on show has really come to the fore. 3 goals netted in Hungary courtesy of Kyogo, Jota, and Liel Abada was then followed up with another 4 at Dens Park. Kyogo and Jota both bagging respective braces.

All this and we don’t even have the mercurial Tom Rogic available to us. The Australian international has been out with a hamstring injury picked up in the 3-1 win at Easter Road a fortnight ago. Many feared at the time what this would do to Celtic going forward.

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Ange Postecoglou brought Nir Bitton into a defensive-midfield role and pushed Callum McGregor higher up. But even so, we’ve still lacked that cutting edge through the centre that Tom brings.

After picking up his knock, Ange confirmed the player would be out for “2 or 3 weeks” [Sky Sports]. We’re already closing in on that 2 week marker.

When we return from the internationals, Rogic will have had 3-and-a-half weeks of recuperation time. That means he should be more than ready to return against St Johnstone in the Premier Sports Cup semi-final at Hampden on November 20th.

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Rogic’s return will be absolutely invaluable during what will be another hectic period of games. We have 12 matches between the end of the internationals and the winter break.

Having Rogic available for that period will be essential. Not just because of his quality, but because it gives Celtic options at a time when they desperately need them.

Rogic has been a player reborn under Postecoglou. There’s no getting away from that. When fit, he’s one of the first names on the teamsheet at the moment. The fact his injury wasn’t a long-term one was always a big boost for the club and the supporters.

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There’s no excuse for Rogic not to be fit after the internationals either. Considering he isn’t going away with Australia (another boost for Celtic), it gives him more than enough time to shake off what should be a fairly short-term injury.

Just because Celtic didn’t miss him against Ferencvaros and Dundee doesn’t mean he won’t be missed in future matches. We saw just how badly we needed his creative spark in the 0-0 draw against Livingston 10 days ago.

And when Tom returns, assuming there are no major injury knocks picked up by the Celtic international contingent, the Hoops will be an even more intimidating force going forward.

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