Celtic midfielder Tom Rogic has admitted he’s very disappointed to be missing his side’s Premiership showdown against bitter rivals Rangers this weekend, as he flies out to play for Australia in the Asian Cup.
The play-maker has developed into a key player under Brendan Rodgers over the last two seasons and would ordinarily be one of the first names on the team-sheet for a match as big as Saturday’s clash at Ibrox.
The Hoops visit the home of their arch enemies three points clear at the top of the table, and with a game in-hand, but if they’re to double their lead they’ll need to do so without Rogic, who is preparing for his country’s opening fixture against Jordan.
The Socceroos don’t actually start their campaign until January 6, but Rogic’s presence has been requested today in order to take part in a training camp, and it seems there was no way of keeping the 26-year-old in Glasgow until Sunday.
He took to Instagram this evening to make his feelings known:
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I’m very disappointed to be missing the game on the 29th. A decision has been made but I did everything in my power to stay for the match. I am a proud Australian but also love my club. It should never have been a debate between playing for club or country, ideally it would have been for both. Another challenge awaits in the Asian Cup, where I will give my all and proudly represent my country.. 🍀🇦🇺
How much do you think Celtic will miss Rogic this weekend?