Celtic supporters everywhere were delighted that Tom Rogic returned to the first-team squad after almost three months out injured for Saturday’s Scottish Cup tie against Partick Thistle.
Unfortunately, due to the Jags pulling a goal back to make it 3-2 in the last ten minutes of the game, the Australian was unable to get any time on the pitch.
However, Brendan Rodgers has confirmed, as reported by the Daily Record, that Rogic will play for the Hoops under-23 side against Motherwell on Monday night.
If the 25-year-old midfielder emerges from the match against Motherwell unscathed, then he must start against Zenit in the Europa League on Thursday.
The Hoops have badly missed the creativity that he can provide, and in a tie which could well be decided by the odd goal, the extra bit of nuance that Rogic can bring to the team could be the difference in taking a result over to Russia for the second leg.
He doesn’t even need to play the full game, even an hour could be enough for the Australian international to do what he is capable of as he has not featured in a senior match in over two months when he played against Motherwell on 2 December.
It maybe a gamble starting the player but so is knockout football, and the Celtic boss should have no qualms in selecting Rogic for the massive match.