Alan Hutton showered Celtic midfielder Tom Rogic with praise but admitted he had a difficult task nailing down a first-team spot.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Laura O’Leary, the former Scotland international revealed that he thought the 27-year-old was an asset to the Hoops as he’s a technically gifted player.
Rogic has been sparingly-used this season with him playing just 10 times across all competitions for Neil Lennon’s side.
Hutton acknowledged that the Australian international was starting to get back up to speed following his knee injury, and suggested he may have to think about his options if he wants to play all the time.
When asked if Rogic is fighting a losing battle when it comes to getting back into Celtic’s first-team on a regular basis, Hutton told Football Insider: “Very talented boy, scores goals, gets assists, gives a lot, he’s been hampered by injury but he is coming back.
“It’s like Rangers, Celtic are very strong in those areas so it’s always going to be difficult breaking into the team, but it’s a good thing for the team.
“You want all your players fit and fighting for places, to push everyone on to do better, me personally I’d want to keep him.
“He has played recently, so it’s not like he’s not playing, he’s come in and done well, Lennon does chop and change so he’ll get game time.
“It comes down to whether he wants to be part of a rotation, be in and out, or does he want to play all the time?
“I would keep him as he’s a great player, technically gifted, and he’s an asset to have.”
Neil Lennon has slowly eased Rogic back into his first-team plans as his knee injury did see him miss a significant amount of action as he was stuck on the sidelines for over 150 days.
The 27-year-old has been at Celtic since joining from A-League side Central Coast Mariners in 2013 and is contracted to stay with the club until 2023.
In other Celtic news, Darren Bent admitted that he thought Hoops star was frustrated as eager to stay.