Tom Rogic should start for Celtic against Rennes

By John Reid

November 26, 2019

Tom Rogic has been one of Celtic’s most inspiring attacking players for years. He is the sort of player who can change the game in an instant with some attacking skills.

That is why it is a disappointment that he has been limited to only 25 minutes action of Celtic’s Europa League group stage campaign so far. He featured in the second-half of the 2-1 win over Lazio at Celtic Park, but hasn’t featured at all in the other three games.

Started most recent league encounter

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Thankfully his absence hasn’t cost the Hoops, but he can still be a difference-maker when selected. Thankfully, his injury issues look to be over. He started in Saturday’s 4-0 win over Livingston.

Now that he has proved his fitness, Neil Lennon should hand the player his first Europa League group start of the season against Rennes. With both Mikey Johnston and Mohamed Elyounoussi set to miss the game, the Hoops might should stick to the midfield which started in the game against Livingston.

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That means Rogic playing in the attacking midfield role which has served him so well throughout his time at Celtic Park.

Injuries have cost player this season

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It is a real pity that constant injury issues have prevented Rogic from having a sustained run of games for the Hoops under Neil Lennon. For example, this season he has been limited to only eight appearances for the Hoops so far, and he has started five of those games.

The fact that he has come back into the side to play Livingston following his injuries shows that Neil Lennon still rates the player highly. Indeed, his return has come at a good time as Celtic are at the start of a very busy schedule of games.

If he can stay fit, Rogic can play a key role for the Hoops in those fixtures. He should keep his place in the side to face Rennes.