Tom Rogic is set to play his first football in two months ahead of Celtic’s Europa League clash with Zenit on Thursday night by featuring for the Glasgow club’s Under-23s side.
The 25-year-old midfielder, who hasn’t played since suffering an ankle injury against Anderlecht in December, was on the bench against Partick Thistle, but because of the close nature of the game he didn’t get on the park.
Now Hoops boss Brendan Rodgers has confirmed that the 25-year-old will play for the Celtic under-23 side when they take on Motherwell on Monday night, in an attempt to get the talismanic midfielder some much-needed playing time.
“Tom looks great in training and it’s just getting him some game time. He’ll get some minutes with the Under-23 squad on Monday, he’s been out for about 10 weeks now so he needs game time,” Rodgers said, as quoted by the Daily Record.
Rogic played a huge part for the Hoops in clinching the domestic treble last season, scoring the injury time winning goal against Aberdeen which won the Scottish Cup final.
This season he has been affected by injuries and squad rotation, but he still managed to score the opening goal in the 2-0 victory over Rangers at Ibrox in September.
If Rogic is able to get some playing time at all against Zenit it would be a huge boost for the side, as the Bhoys have badly missed the creativity that he can provide, which could prove to be invaluable in Europe.