Tom Rogic close to Celtic return

As reported by The Scottish Sun, Tom Rogic is nearing a Celtic return and has started full training at Lennoxtown again, following an ankle injury that has kept him out of the side since December.

What’s the story?

Rogic had to undergo surgery on an ankle injury that was suffered in training, as he attempted to return from another ankle injury sustained in December.

It’s been a blow for club and country with the Australian in lethal form for both over the last 12 months.

The Scottish Sun reckon that the attacking midfielder could return as early as 8th April, when the Hoops take on Kilmarnock at Celtic Park.

That means he could get vital game time ahead of the Hoops’ crunch semi-final against Rangers at Hampden, one of the major roadblocks in their quest for a domestic treble of trophies.

How important is his return?

Rogic was one of Brendan Rodgers’ most important players in the opening half of the season, scoring 10 goals and assisting 3 more. Those are impressive numbers considering he hasn’t featured since 17th December.

A big game player, his return could play a vital role in securing the treble. With the league almost signed, sealed and delivered, it’s the matches at Hampden that are now the big tests between now and the end of the season.

The Australian enjoys a game at Hampden, scoring against Rangers in last season’s Scottish Cup semi-final and also netting the opening goal in this season’s League Cup Final against Aberdeen.

If he can get important game time before that match against Rangers, his presence could add an extra attacking dimension to the Celtic team and change up how they approach the game compared to the recent draw at Celtic Park. That could be the difference in a game likely to be decided by small margins.