Tom Rogic will play for Celtic’s Development side in a clash with Motherwell this evening as he steps up his rehabilitation program.
The Australian international has been out for two months with a knee injury but Celtic hope to have him fit for Thursday’s last 32 tie against Zenit St Petersburg and as such, they want him to get some minutes in his legs to build up his match fitness.
The 25-year-old was named on the bench for the weekend’s Scottish Cup win over Partick Thistle, but due to the close score line of the game, Brendan Rodgers didn’t risk bringing him on.
As reported by the Daily Record, Rodgers confirmed that Rogic will play in this evening’s game and the Celtic boss admitted that he was keen to give his returning star some minutes but Patrick’s goal to make the game 3-2 meant that he turned to Kouassi Eboue instead.
Tom looks great in training and it’s just getting him some game time. He’ll get some minutes with the Under-23 squad on Monday, he’s been out for about 10 weeks now so he needs game time. He’s been working very hard, but, of course, we want to get him game-time on Monday and that will give him confidence to play. I had to apologise to him. At 3-1, we should have been comfortable well before that, but when the late goal goes in, it changes your thought process, so unfortunately for him, he’s had to have to wait.