Frank McAvennie is bewildered by Neil Lennon’s decision not to give Celtic midfielder Tom Rogic more minutes.

The former Hoops and St Mirren forward, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, revealed that he is a “big, big fan” of the 27-year-old and would love to see him in a Celtic shirt more frequently.

The midfielder is yet to start a game for Neil Lennon’s side this season but has featured as a second-half substitute in the last two Scottish Premiership fixtures.

 

Earlier this summer the Bhoys’ manager revealed that the club had “accepted a bid” for the Australia international but the player’s move to an unnamed Qatari club collapsed.

Rogic has made an impressive 191 appearances for the Hoops in a seven year spell at the Glasgow giants, arriving from Central Coast Mariners in 2013.

When asked by Football Insider what changes need to be made after the weekend’s 2-0 loss to Rangers, McAvennie said: “I like Rogic.

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“I just do not see why there is no place in the team for Rogic because I am a big, big fan of his.

“He never gives the ball, even when people try to kick him. He gives the defence a bit of breathing space and can find a pass.

“If he is up to scratch and fit I would like to see him play. Is it today’s game? Is it the coaching? I keep hearing about boys not being fit and I do not get that. I really do not.”

In other Celtic news, McAvennie slams first team stars for their handling of barely-seen teammate v Rangers.