Neil Lennon’s recent comments about attacking midfielder Tom Rogic have to be a concern. The Australian has not started for the Hoops in recent weeks, and now the Celtic manager has given a possible reason why.
“Tom Rogic has a little bit of a knee problem which flares up after games” he said, as quoted by the Scotsman.
That is a real problem for the player, perhaps more so than the club.
After all, Celtic do have a raft of midfielders who can slot into the team.
The likes of Olivier Ntcham and Ryan Christie for example, although they arguably lack the skills that Rogic can provide when he is at his best.
Rogic and the club will be looking for a solution to the issue, which is a concern and will hopefully not be a long-term problem.
Still managed to feature in recent games
The only good news though is that Rogic can still play for the Hoops, if recent matches are to go by, his injury hasn’t ruled him out of making substitute appearances.
He played against both Hamilton and Motherwell in the past week.
Indeed, his wonderful pass set up Odsonne Edouard for a goal in the 4-1 win over Hamilton.
That assist shows that Rogic can still contribute to the side, even if his appearances will be limited whilst his injury is dealt with.
A very special player
Rogic is a very special player. He has showed that on numerous occasions for Celtic, you only need to look as his solo goal which clinched the domestic treble against Aberdeen in 2017.
He is worth persevering with even if his time on the pitch is going to be limited. That is what Neil Lennon might well be thinking as he looks ahead to Celtic’s fixtures.
A 10 to 15 minute cameo from Rogic could easily turn one point into three for the Hoops. When his fitness dictates, Rogic can still make an impact for the Hoops this season.