Celtic fans favourite Tom Rogic is reportedly close to making his first-team return.
The Scottish Sun report that the Australian is not far away from being back in Neil Lennon’s plans as we enter an important chunk of the season.
Rogic last played in May’s Scottish Cup final victory over Hearts when he was replaced by Olivier Ntcham after 69 minutes. He picked up an ankle injury at Hampden and has been missing ever since – not featuring in any of the club’s 13 competitive matches so far this campaign.
That absence has made him a bit of a forgotten man at Celtic Park but his return could be timed perfectly as Celtic fight it out on three different fronts. The Hoops have six Europa League matches, numerous league clashes and three potential fixtures in the Betfred Cup before 2019 is out, so Rogic could soon have a big part to play.
Rogic and Christie could battle it out for Celtic spot
He’ll have his work cut out getting back in the first-team though. The Aussie’s position is so clearly defined as an attacking-midfielder and unfortunately for him he has Ryan Christie in front of him in the pecking order.
The Scotland international has arguably been Celtic’s best player so far this season. Christie has played in every Hoops match so far this campaign and weighed in with eight goals.
However, his most recent seven clashes for club and country have seen him fail to net so there could still be scope for an incredible Rogic comeback.
The 26-year-old was one of Celtic’s many key men during the ‘Invincible’ season. He is actually one of the few players left remaining from that team following the summer departures of Dedryck Boyata, Mikael Lustig and Kieran Tierney plus Paddy Roberts, Moussa Dembele and Stuart Armstrong the year before.
On his day, Rogic can be one of the best players in the country. He offers us a cutting edge and a creative spark that perhaps no one else does. Getting him back up to speed would be a great boost to Lennon and the team.
The thought of him battling it out with Christie for a starting spot is an enticing one.