Celtic have received the hammer blow that Tom Rogic will have to undergo knee surgery, which could put him out of action for up to six weeks, as reported by The Scottish Sun.
The midfielder was representing Australian at the Asian Cup and fell awkwardly.
A bitterly disappointed Brendan Rodgers said: “Not what we expected but that’s the way football works. It is unfortunate.
“He won’t need the operation on his hand but needs it on his knee. He is a good character. It is disappointing for us.”
It’s a big blow for the Bhoys, who have a tough run of fixtures coming up, including the Europa League round of 32 tie against Valencia.
Rogic is known as Celtic’s creative spark and Rodgers will be hard pressed to find a suitable replacement, but there could be one man up for the job.
Christie can become new master creator
Ryan Christie is having a brilliant season for the Bhoys.
The 24-year-old has made 17 Premiership appearances so far and scored seven goals after finally emerging for the club this season
That is a decent record which surely suggests him as being the most natural replacement for Rogic in the number 10 role.
Christie has proven he can make things happen and can be the man to take over Rogic’s mantle. He’s operated as the most advanced midfielder on numerous occasions so far this season and Scott Brown and Callum McGregor in behind him could work well.
Oliver Burke would perhaps have been another candidate but he appears to relish playing as a striker if not in his natural wing position.