Neil Lennon has confirmed that Tom Rogic has picked up another injury problem following Sunday’s win over Aberdeen.
The Aussie playmaker played 90 minutes at Pittodrie, just three days after coming on as a sub against Lazio. The 26-year-old acquitted himself well in the 4-0 win over Derek McInnes’ side, especially in the absence of Ryan Christie.
Many would have hoped to see him continue his re-emergence on Wednesday against St. Mirren but it now looks like that may not be possible given Lennon’s latest comments.
“Tom Rogic has got a little bit of inflammation again around the knee,” Lennon told press on Tuesday. (Daily Record)
Rogic showed what he can do against Aberdeen
It seems like Rogic is simply going to be incapable of playing more than one game per week. The attacker has never been the most industrious of players. He is better known for his creative spark than his energy or application on the pitch.
It was a running theme of Brendan Rodgers’ years in charge that Rogic wouldn’t last 90 minutes in a match. He routinely started high pressure games and had a big impact before being withdrawn around the 60 minute mark.
Perhaps Neil Lennon has to bring that consistency back to his game, rather than having him play full matches and then miss games days later.
Celtic have to weigh up whether they can still afford to play this game with Rogic. The Australian will be on some of the highest wages at the club given his exploits in previous seasons. He isn’t featuring enough at present to reflect that salary but he still gives us a creative spark that perhaps no other player does.
If he can still contribute big moments in big games but sit out lesser matches then that could be a perfect recipe for Lennon and Celtic. But if he isn’t showing anything on the big occasions then his fitness problems will just add more weight to the feeling that he should be moved on.