By Frank McAvennie

2nd Sep, 2020 | 5:00pm

McAvennie Exclusive: This may be real reason why Tom Rogic is quitting Celtic

Frank McAvennie is adamant that the wealth of midfield options at Parkhead have led to the imminent departure of Tom Rogic from Celtic Park.

The Hoops legend, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, claimed that Neil Lennon would have held talks with the 27-year-old to explain that game time may be a rarity this season.

The Bhoys boss confirmed at the weekend that the club had accepted a bid for the Australian midfielder and the negotiations regarding his exit were ongoing.

The signing of Motherwell’s David Turnbull last week in a £3.25million deal gives Lennon a wealth of options to pick from in the middle of the park.

Rogic has made an impressive 189 appearances for the Hoops in a seven year spell at the club having arrived from Central Coast Mariners in 2013.

When asked by Football Insider if Rogic would be a loss to the Scottish Premiership champions, McAvennie said:

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“Rogic possesses something that the other midfielders at Celtic do not have. He is a totally, totally different player.

“It sounds like Neil Lennon has told him that he will not be getting much game time and that he is better off moving. Neil will totally respect him and will have told him. When that is the case you have to move on and he will have everyone’s blessing.

“Reading between the lines, with the amount of midfielders at Celtic now after Turnbull signed, it might be that he was not promised as much game time as he would like.”

When speaking on the Australia international’s future, Lennon said: “Negotiations are ongoing with Tom. We have accepted a bid.

“He is not fit at the moment, he has a slight ankle problem, but whether he stays or goes… David Turnbull coming in doesn’t affect Tom’s role.”

In other Celtic news, it can be REVEALED that club chiefs are convinced star player is engineering big-money exit.