The upcoming World Cup in Russia must be extremely irritating for Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers.
Due to the early nature of the Hoops Champions League qualifiers, Rodgers is likely to be without the key trio of Mikael Lustig, Dedryck Boyata and the mercurial genius Tom Rogic, as they strut their stuff in Russia, whilst the Hoops must plod on without them.
There is though, what looks to be a natural replacement for Rogic in the Hoops squad, who if he is on his game, could more than replace the Australian in the qualifiers – Stuart Armstrong.
The problem that Hoops fans will have in selecting Armstrong for the qualifiers is that most seem to think that he will be leaving the club soon enough.
His contract runs out at the end of next season, and at the moment there are no indications that he wants to sign a new one.
But that doesn’t mean he can’t still be a vital player in helping the Hoops reach the promised land of the group stages.
His goalscoring ability from midfield is unmatched in the Hoops side, in fact he regularly scores more goals than Rogic over a season.
His ability to find space and create chances could also be vitally important in the qualifiers, which are almost always fraught, cagey affairs.
If he wants to leave the Hoops then fair enough, but Rodgers should only sanction his departure once the qualification process is over, that way he can leave a hero if he helps the Hoops qualify, and there will be no ill-will from the Hoops support, only best wishes.
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