Neil Lennon has numerous issues to contend with when it comes to picking his Celtic starting-line up to face Rangers in the first Old Firm derby of the 2020-21 season – and Hoops fans want Tom Rogic to start.
The Hoops take on Rangers at Parkhead with the Old Firm atmosphere missing – due to the lack of fans in the stadium. But the importance of the match remains the same, with Celtic boasting a huge chance to overtake Rangers.
Lennon’s side still boast a game in hand over Rangers and sit just a point behind Steven Gerrard’s men. But a win could see them claim a tight stronghold on their pursuit of 10 in a row, as they would go two clear having played one less match.
Celtic will definitely be without trio Ryan Christie, Nir Bitton and Hatem Abd Elhamed and they could be joined by star striker Odsonne Edouard who will come out of isolation no later than Friday. That hands Rangers a big boost.
But it could see the return of Rogic. The 27-year-old has only played 14 minutes this season, coming off the bench in the last match to feature for the fina sixth of the 2-0 win over St. Johnstone. But his form against Rangers in the past is unquestionable.
Rogic has faced Rangers 12 times throughout his Celtic career and has netted five times in those matches. That kind of form should be seriously considered by Lennon – and sure enough, Celtic fans want him to start.
Rogic is gonna start on Saturday & tear them apart. You heard it here first.
— The Captain (@BigLinton) October 14, 2020
The champions will stand up and be counted
These daft huns think its their big chance .deluded people
Rogic will start and do a job on them as usual Griffiths will be on ..we have more than enough cover bhoys 2.0 ajer 1st goal
— ray crooks (@ray71006211) October 14, 2020
Rogic won't get a better chance to stake a claim for a run in the team than Saturday,he's got to start imo. Take the game to them, none of this starting off slow carry on.
— Stephen Storrie (@stephen_storrie) October 14, 2020
Doesn’t deserve to start….
Been poor for weeks!
I’d rather see Turnbull or Rogic start🍀
— Dom CFC67🍀9️⃣🏆🍀 (@Shiv1888) October 15, 2020
Barkas Julien Duffy Ajer Frimpong Laxalt Brown Mcgregor Ntcham Rogic Edoured….
Thats what I'd be picking if Ed is fit to play on Saturday
— Danny Myles (@danielmyles88) October 15, 2020
Hope to god Rogic starts on Saturday old twinkletoes has been missed
— Davie mcginley (@Davyrip) October 14, 2020
Lob big Rogic into the mix on Saturday, they don't cope with him very well.
— Paul Mclean (@pmclean67) October 14, 2020