Jackie McNamara has suggested that Celtic manager Neil Lennon will axe Tom Rogic from the starting XI against St Mirren to hand the Australian a rest after playing against Aberdeen on Sunday.

Speaking to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge ahead of Wednesday’s Premiership clash, the former Bhoys and Scotland star says that the Australian could probably do with a break after two successive league appearances, having only recently come back from injury.

The 26-year-old missed the opening weeks of the season due to a knee issue and has played just six times across all competitions so far.

With the Australian having started against Ross County and Aberdeen in the last fortnight, as well as playing 25 minutes versus Lazio, McNamara suggests that the availability of Ryan Christie could see Rogic given a break.

McNamara told Football Insider: “Yeah, he may rest Rogic after playing 90 minutes. Christie can come back in so he’s got options there and he’s got other players to come back as well.

“He has great options, a lot of people vying (for places), he can rest players and other ones that come in know they have to perform or they’ll end up waiting to get another opportunity.

“I think that’s important. There’s a lot of tough games coming up so I think he’ll want to shuffle the squad around.” 


Christie has missed the last two domestic games as a result of the red card he picked up against Livingston, Rogic taking his place in the attacking midfield role.

The Scottish star has been one of the Hoops’ top performers this season, scoring 12 goals across all competitions and establishing himself as a mainstay under Lennon.

In other Celtic news, Alan Hutton claims one senior player is “head and shoulders” above his rivals for a starting role at Parkhead.