Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers confirmed that Tom Rogic missed out on the squad for the 3-0 victory against Hamilton on Saturday with a knee issue, and depending on how bad it is he could potentially be a doubt for the pivotal Europa League tie away at Rosenborg on Thursday.
Well, the Australia international’s participation in the 2018 World Cup meant that he perhaps didn’t have his strongest start to the campaign as the club struggled in the Champions League and domestically, but he has since become one of their most influential performers as they have bounced back and hit form.
In his 11 Scottish Premiership appearances this term he has scored three goals and provided a further four assists, and while some may have assumed that he missed out on the squad against Hamilton because of his travelling during the international break, Rodgers confirmed to BT Sport that this wasn’t the case.
The Northern Irishman said: “Tom would have been a doubt, he’s just had a trip across the world, but he has a slight issue with his knee so we thought it best he rested.”
Firstly, it would be a huge blow as Celtic currently sit in third position and six points behind Red Bull Salzburg at the top and behind Red Bull Leipzig on goal difference, they desperately need to take all three points against the rock-bottom Norwegian outfit.
Check out the video below to see how Brazil fans reacted to being asked how Cristiano Ronaldo would perform for them in a hilarious prank by Playmaker FC…
Rogic is a player that would be influential in that match, but his absence on Saturday and then potentially on Thursday is slightly easier to take because of the fine form of the likes of Ryan Christie and Olivier Ntcham in recent weeks.
Three goals in his previous four Scottish top-flight starts for the former proves that, and if Rodgers isn’t willing to risk his Australian star then he knows that he has someone who can do a job for him against a side that are yet to pick up a single point in the group.