Celtic’s preparations for the upcoming Europa League qualifier against Zenit have been thrown up in the air, as Tom Rogic’s proposed comeback match for the under-23 side against Motherwell has been postponed, as reported by the Daily Record.
The cancellation of the game gives Brendan Rodgers a tough decision to make: should he involve Rogic in the match against Zenit?
Twice he has tried to give Rogic game time and twice he has been unable to. Firstly he was going to come on in the closing stages of Saturday’s game against Partick but the Jags scored so he was unable to.
Secondly was the game for the under-23 game, which would have given the player some much needed game time as he hasn’t kicked a ball since December.
Even though the 25-year-old Aussie possesses a guile and ability to draft past players that is currently unmatched in the Hoops squad, starting him against Zenit would seem like too much of a gamble to take.
The chances of him being on the bench are quite high, and it seems likely he may well play a part at some stage of the game.
Perhaps Sunday’s league match against St Johnstone is where Rogic will make his start, and if he proves his fitness he could be a key man in the second leg against Zenit.