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Exclusive: McNamara suggests Celtic 26-yr-old 'Frustrated' amid Parkhead uncertainty
Jackie McNamara has suggested that Celtic attacking midfielder Tom Rogic is growing frustrated with his situation at Parkhead after a stop-and-start season due to injury.
The former Celtic star and Scotland international, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, says that the Australian maestro will be growing impatient of sitting on the sidelines, with fitness issues severely limiting his game time this campaign.
Despite having returned to the starting XI against Partick Thistle, he was left on the bench against Cluj on Thursday, with Neil Lennon admitting he was uncertain as to how fit he was after another injury setback.
🗣️ NL: "Mikey has trained the last couple of days but may be a doubt to be in the squad. Nir should be okay. Leigh isn’t up to speed yet either so he’ll miss out. We’re waiting to see how Tom is." #CELCLU #UEL
More from Neil Lennon shortly 💻
— Celtic Football Club (@CelticFC) October 2, 2019
McNamara says that the constant doubt over his fitness and availability will have the 26-year-old a little irritated, with just 29 minutes of league action coming in two substitute appearances this term.
McNamara told Football Insider: “I think for him he’ll be pretty frustrated. You find that after someone’s been out for quite a while, they end up picking silly niggly ones.
“It might just be something small but for his side he will be hoping he’s not out for long.”
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Rogic used to be a mainstay in the starting XI at Parkhead, playing a crucial role in all three of the treble-winning seasons to date, often scoring goals in big games.
However, a knee problem suffered last season, which eventually required surgery, has kept him out of action for the majority of 2019, with a handful of appearances across all competitions in the latter half of the campaign.
He has a total of 170 outings for the Bhoys to date, with 36 goals and 30 assists.