Celtic must start 20-year-old v Rangers with attacker of extremes too much of a gamble
If Tom Rogic keeps his place in the Hoops side to face Rangers at Ibrox on Sunday, Brendan Rodgers is taking a huge gamble.
When it comes to the Australian international, he either dominates the match or is anonymous; there is no in-between, he is quite simply a player of extremes.
A perfect example is the last Old Firm game he played in, the 2-0 win over Rangers at Ibrox in September; after scoring the opening goal for the Hoops, he failed to contribute little else as the game passed him by, perhaps already feeling he had done enough with his strike.
When it comes to Old Firm matches, it is all about blood and thunder, and making an impact early on in the game.
That doesn’t suit Rogic, whose languid style could be overrun in what is bound to be a hectic start to the match, as Rangers will be going all out to keep their title hopes alive.
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It would make more sense to start another striker in 20-year-old Odsonne Edouard, and to keep Rogic on the bench, where he can come on in the second-half and cut a tiring Rangers defence apart with his guile and passing.
The Hoops don’t need to win the game to all but clinch the title, but what they really don’t want to do is lose the game, and if Rogic turns in another anonymous performance the Bhoys could well be on their way to defeat.
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