Frank McAvennie has told Open Goal’s Right In The Coupon that he believes Celtic playmaker Tom Rogic will start against Rangers on Sunday – despite only just returning to training.
The 26-year-old has failed to play for Celtic since December. He represented Australia in the Asian Cup throughout January, but returned to Glasgow with a knee injury.
Brendan Rodgers confirmed that he had to undergo surgery and had seen specialists in London. Now, he has returned to training, as have Olivier Ntcham and Dedryck Boyata.
Celtic legend McAvennie has claimed that if Rogic is fit to play – which looks increasingly likely – then he believes Neil Lennon will throw the Aussie ace in at the deep end against Steven Gerrard’s side.
“From what I’m hearing, Rogic will be fit and he will start,” McAvennie said. “If he’s fit, he’ll play. One, I think Lenny is a big fan of his. He’s a massive player against Rangers, always has been.”
McAvennie is absolutely right. If Rogic is fit, he must play against Rangers. On his day, he is Celtic’s best player.
The Old Firm clash is likely to be a tight affair, with plenty on the line and both sides trying to nick a narrow win. If a player is to unlock a defence, it is Rogic.
If he is fit and can last even an hour, Lennon has got to risk the Socceroo because a win secures their eighth consecutive Scottish Premiership title – and a step closer to 10 in a row.