A forgotten Celtic star has been tipped by the pundit to start against Aberdeen when the Hoops visit Pittodrie Stadium on Sunday.
There is no denying the fact that Celtic are going through a rough phase at this point of time. Back-to-back defeats at the hands of the Rangers and AC Milan mean that Neil Lennon is already under immense pressure to produce results. As a result, this Sunday’s game away against Aberdeen will be very important.
Anything other than three points would be a catastrophe for the Hoops. Last Saturday’s defeat already left them chasing their Glasgow rivals. And a loss against the Dons would potentially leave them 7 points behind the Rangers.
While there is not much positive about losing, one silver lining from the AC Milan game was the performance of Tom Rogic. The Australian came on after the hour mark in place of Scott Brown and from there on, Celtic pretty much had the better chances as he brought some much needed creativity into the team.
And Chris Sutton believes that Neil Lennon has to start him on Sunday. He wrote in his column in the Daily Record:
“Let’s be honest, we all thought his days at the club were numbered.
“He’s barely been fit and he’s barely started a game for Lennon in the past year and his inactivity left the door open to a move in the summer which places such as Qatar eyed as an option.
“Rogic, though, still has something none of his team mates have.
“Something that has been sadly lacking at times this term. Craft. Guile. An ability to do something out of the ordinary and special.
“The Antipodean gave me signs against Milan that he’s not a busted Parkhead flush.
“It was only a short appearance from the bench as he took the place of Scott Brown to give more creativity and that’s what he did. Some of the touches, the positions he took up, the ability.
“It’s no secret I’m a fan of his. At one stage during the Brendan Rodgers era, he was a go-to man for big games. You don’t just lose it. Rogic has still got it in there and now would be a mightily important time to produce it.
“If I were Neil, I’d be starting him at Aberdeen tomorrow. He’s got the ability to carve Aberdeen apart. Even if you can only get an hour of him, he could have won you the game by then with some magic.”
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There is no denying that Rogic’s cameo was a bright one and he needs to be involved in this team more than he has over the past couple of years. In the summer transfer window, he looked like a man gone as it was confirmed that an offer had come in from Qatar.
The move fell through and that might have been fortunate for Celtic. As it has turned out, this team looks severely lacking in creativity as the midfield trio of Brown-McGregor-Ntcham does not quite work together. As a result, it might be time to give Rogic a shot. At the end of the day, what’s there to lose?
As Sutton points out, Rogic was one of the most important players at the club not too long ago. And there is no reason that he cannot be a useful squad member at the very least. Maybe there is a reason that move to Qatar fell through after all.