'A huge let down' – Celtic fans react after 24-year-old axed for Old Firm clash
By Russell Edge
Celtic fans have taken to Twitter to bemoan Brendan Rodgers’ decision to start midfielder Tom Rogic on the bench for their Scottish Cup semi-final tie against rivals Rangers.
The Australian midfielder started in their last fixture against Ross County but has dropped to the bench, with Callum McGregor taking his place in the Hoops’ midfield.
The team news was broken on the club’s official Twitter.
— Celtic Football Club (@celticfc) April 23, 2017
Celtic go into the semi-final clash with hopes of securing a domestic treble, having already secured the Scottish League Cup and the Scottish Premier League title.
Rangers meanwhile are hoping to inflict defeat on their Glasgow rivals for the first time in three attempts, after Celtic thrashed them 5-1 in the league and then overcame Gers 1-0 in the League Cup semi-finals.
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24-year-old Rogic, an attacking midfielder by trade, has enjoyed a profitable season with the Hoops, having made 29 appearances across all competitions, scoring ten goals.
However Rogic did suffer a lengthy injury lay out back in December, after undergoing surgery on an ankle injury, before making his return to the side in a 1-1 draw with Partick Thistle in early April.
Fans were hoping to see Rogic make another start as he recovers from the surgery, but took to social media to air their disappointment over his absence from the starting XI.
Here are a selection of their messages on Twitter.
Thought Rogic and Forrest would have started, I'm not happy with mcgregor
— J (@Ayeyehinkso) April 23, 2017
Would rather a good hour from rogic. But hey ho. Brendan knows what he's doing ????????
— Kevin ???????????????????????????? (@kevinfraser69) April 23, 2017
No rogic ????
— Pritchie (@Pritchie93) April 23, 2017
Hope no Tom Rogic pays off. Not happy with that
— Ryan Hyslop (@Ryanhyslop67) April 23, 2017
Should have started rogic
— Gerry Traynor (@traynorgerry7) April 23, 2017
McGregor over Rogic is a huge let down???????? COYBIG ????????
— Jacko (@RyanJackson_21) April 23, 2017
In other Celtic news, John Hartson sent Celtic fans a message ahead of their tie against Rangers.