Scott McDonald backs his Aussie compatriot to force his way back into Celtic’s 10 in a row season as Rogic has been plagued with injuries and fitness issues over the past two seasons.
The former Celtic striker knows just how much quality Rogic has and Lennon would greatly benefit from having a fully fit Tom Rogic back in his squad selection.
Next season will be the most important thing to happen to Celtic since winning the European cup and the UEFA Cup Final, you could also throw stopping old Rangers winning 10 also.
Lennon would need a team of players who know the Scottish game and we predict the gaffer won’t take too many chances on his squad selection, and we don’t blame him.
To have Rogic coming back fully would be like a new £10 million signing to the club and fans know all too well what the midfielder is capable of.
Ryan Christie was the man who replaced Rogic and has excelled in his position, Rogic would need to seriously up his game if he intends to contend for a place.
McDonald spoke with the media:
“Tom Rogic is facing a tough task now to break back in the way Neil Lennon has the team set up. But he’s had so much experience now at a certain level that Lennon knows he can bring him on and he can change a game.
“Whether or not Tommy starts ever again week-in, week-out for Celtic is a big question. I’m not sure that happens but, regardless, I think he’ll see out his contract.
“Nobody is moving anywhere bar loans in the next transfer window because nobody’s going to have money to buy. And Celtic won’t let Tommy go for nothing, so he’ll have to sit and fight for his place.”
“But I think he’s very happy there – the times I’ve met him, it’s clear he loves the club. You see the adulation he gets even when he walks down the street.
“The excitement and rivalry you have there with Rangers…it’s hard to leave all that behind.
“The system Celtic are playing right now doesn’t work in Tommy’s favour – they’re playing two up front, rather than the 4-3-3 formation they had previously. So they don’t really need a creative, attacking player in behind the two. They don’t really have the two sitters and a number ten anymore.
“But things can change very quickly in football as we all know. Neil Lennon knows he has to adapt and change to bring more success, and we’ll see in the pre-season what he does.
“You start performing and all of a sudden you get picked every week.”