Celtic attacking midfielder Tom Rogic may have to quit Parkhead in order to find first-team football, according to Australia’s assistant manager Rene Meulensteen.
The 27-year-old has only started nine games in all competitions this season and Meulensteen believes that the player will have to weigh up his options in the summer:
“Tommy shouldn’t be on the bench. He’s a player who should play every week. It’s not my decision to make but it’s a shame for us, as we want all our top players to play as much football as possible. Maybe come the summer, there might be a move for him coming up. I’m sure there are clubs looking at him.”
“Celtic are a great club and Tommy always speaks with such passion about him. But sometimes things move in a different way and I think if he doesn’t get regular football, he probably needs to look elsewhere.”
Rogic’s main issue, once again, this campaign has been injuries and he has an ongoing knee problem which manager Neil Lennon revealed prevented him from starting in the 2-2 draw against Livingston last weekend.
The plastic patch at the Tony Macaroni Arena would have caused the Australian some major issues, but the fact that he didn’t start the game is not the fault of the manager or Celtic.
In that context, Meulensteen’s comments are a bit surprising considering Australia are likely to be very aware of Rogic’s chronic knee injury, but it will be interesting to see whether the midfielder does decide to move on at the end of the season.