Celtic face a waiting game to see if the Australian Football Federation will allow playmaker Tom Rogic to play in the Glasgow derby after being called up to the Australian squad for the Asian Cup.
The Socceroos manager Graham Arnold stated that Rogic wouldn’t be available for the game at Ibrox with the squad set to meet up in Dubai on the 26th December.
However, Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers is far from happy, he said: “It’s not something we are overly happy about. We want to work and build relationships with federations – and I spoke with Graham Arnold here – but you do that through working together on what is best for each player.
“We feel Tom can play and be available for the 29th and fly out after the game and meet up with the squad on the morning of the 30th and still be there virtually a week before he is due to play his first game. Tom wants to play in the game but he also wants to play for Australia. It’s a position I don’t think the player needs to be in.
“Celtic – Rangers games are clearly showcase games. They are great games – and he’s been great in them for us – and of course he can play in it, and still travel and recover and prepare for the cup competition in January.
“I know the club are looking into it more and I hope we can find a sensible solution which allows him to play and then travel and be ready for Australia.”
Rogic signed for Celtic in January 2013 joining from Central Coast Mariners for a fee worth £400,000. He has went on to make 158 appearances for the Parkhead side in all competitions scoring 34 times – including the world-class solo goal against Aberdeen in the 2017 Scottish Cup Final to seal Celtic’s invincible domestic treble.