By Ben Dinnery

5th Nov, 2021 | 1:14pm

Dinnery issues Rogic injury claim as 'nine-match' Celtic plan explained

Celtic boss Ange Postecoglou will be careful not to rush Tom Rogic back from injury and risk losing him for the hectic December period.

So says injury expert Ben Dinnery, who runs the Premier Injuries site and has a background in medicine and data analysis.

As quoted by the Scottish Sun on 29 October, Postecoglou has confirmed that Rogic’s hamstring injury will keep him out for “around three weeks”.

The Australian manager went on to say of his countryman: “It’s probably not a bad thing that he has a rest.”

Rogic has started seven of Celtic’s 12 Scottish Premiership matches so far this season, compared to just 10 across the entirety of 2020-21.

Postecoglou will be desperate not to aggravate the 28-year-old’s setback as he readjusts to the slings and arrows of regular football, explains Dinnery.

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“The manager is looking for a silver lining in the cloud here,” he told Football Insider correspondent Adam Williams.

“We’re talking about protecting a player for the rest of the season, not just that short-term period.

“He may be a player who has been flagged as being in the red zone in terms of his load.

“He’s such a vital part of that Celtic team. Is the fact that he’s been playing regularly a risk taken from the manager?

“So it takes the decision out of the coaching staff’s hands. It gives him a chance to recharge because there could be eight or nine matches in December.

“You don’t want your players to be injured, of course. But physiologically, it can help to take him out of that environment and give him a rest.”

In other news, Scottish pundit accuses Postecoglou of arrogant Celtic blunder.