It seems highly unlikely that Tom Rogic will start for Celtic in their Europa League match against Zenit on Thursday.
The 25-year-old midfielder, who has just returned from a long injury lay-off, played for around an hour of Sunday’s goalless draw against St Johnstone, a match in which many first-team regulars were left out with the match against Zenit in mind.
It seems that the best the Australian can hope for is a place on the bench – but that doesn’t mean that he can’t have a significant impact on the game.
In a way the game could be made for Rogic. In an ideal scenario, the Hoops would score an early goal, and force Zenit to come out and that would enable the Bhoys to hit them on the break.
Rogic may not be the quickest of players, but his eye for a pace could see him take out the tiring Zenit players in an instant.
Another scenario which would suit Rogic would be if the Bhoys are holding on to their advantage in the tie and need to keep possession towards the end of the match.
Rogic excels at that, and could easily eat up acres of time by keeping the ball in the corner.
Two scenarios which would suit Rogic are more than capable of occurring, Brendan Rodgers will that it is the former scenario and not the latter that the Hoops are involved in.
In other Celtic news, Eboue Kouassi doesn’t fear the Hoops trip to Zenit