Exclusive: McNamara suggests rarely-seen Celtic player set to start v Ross County

Jackie McNamara suggests that Celtic midfielder Tom Rogic could be set to take the place of Ryan Christie in the starting XI against Ross County.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Celtic and Scotland defender says that the Australian’s fitness will determine how much of a runout he gets on Saturday, having been rarely-used this season.

Hoops boss Neil Lennon confirmed in his press conference that Rogic was back up to speed after his injury problems but that Olivier Ntcham, who is another option to replace the suspended Christie, is a doubt after rolling his ankle in training.

With a number of options at Lennon’s disposal, McNamara suggests that it may be Rogic who fills the gap after Christie’s red card against Livingston before the international break.

McNamara told Football Insider: “They’ll try and get some game time for him, give him as much as he can and get minutes in his legs for the games coming up. There’s a massive game on Thursday as well. 

“It depends how fit he is, you could put him in there and see how he goes, get an hour out of him with a start.

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“If you can, give Rogic the game time, but there are other ones.”

Rogic has played just three times for Celtic this season after recovering from a long-term knee injury, just one of those appearances coming in the starting XI.

Lennon has a big void to fill with the absence of Christie, the 24-year-old have already scored 11 goals across all competitions this season, including six in eight Premiership games.

In other Celtic news, Football Insider can reveal that the club are hoping to wrap up a £30,000-a-week deal by the end of 2019.