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2nd Jan, 2017 | 10:52am

BT Sport pundit: This is the player Celtic missed against Rangers

By Harvey Byrne

Former Scotland international Michael Stewart believes that Celtic were missing attacking midfielder Tom Rogic in Saturday’s Old Firm derby clash against Rangers.

The 24-year-old Australia international suffered an ankle injury in a mid-December clash against Dundee and has missed the last four Hoops clashes.

This included the 2-1 weekend victory at Ibrox and despite the win BT Sport pundit Stewart feels that Brendan Rodgers’ side were missing Rogic.

“I think they missed Tom Rogic as he has been so influential for them,” wrote Stewart in his column for the Sun.

“Without him they were missing something initially — although fair play to Stuart Armstrong, Scott Brown and Callum McGregor.

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“They were pretty anonymous in the first half hour but they then started to exert their influence, particularly Armstrong, who was everywhere.

“The Celtic players showed more of a hunger and desire to win the game.

“There was a sense of inevitability about the outcome as the match wore on.”

Rogic has impressed for Rodgers’ team this season with 10 goals and five assists in 27 encounters in all competitions this season.

However, Celtic have still maintained their unbeaten run after 20 fixtures without the young attacker in their side.

The match on Saturday saw goals from Moussa Dembele and Scott Sinclair cancel out an early Kenny Miller strike to earn the Hoops all three points.

The victory has now seen them move 19 points clear at the top of the Premiership table, while also boasting a game in hand.

The Scottish giants have now gone into a break with their next fixture scheduled for January 22 with a Cup clash against Albion Rovers.

Their next league match will be played three days later with St. Johnstone travelling to Celtic Park, who are currently sat in fifth place.

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