Rangers received a considerable boost ahead of next weekend’s Old Firm, as Brendan Rodgers appears to have lost out in the battle for Tom Rogic’s services.
The midfielder is due to fly out to join up with the Australia squad on the 27th December, ahead of the Asia Cup.
But Rodgers had hoped to hold onto him for another few days, to allow him to feature at Ibrox.
While discussions appear to be ongoing, the Celtic boss has all but conceded defeat.
He told BBC Sport Scotland: “My feeling is, it won’t be resolved.”
“My feeling is he’ll go after the Aberdeen game. It’s a real shame, because he enjoyed those games (against Rangers). But we just have to get on with it and we’ll go there with a good squad.”
Despite that pragmatic statement, it’s clear that the Northern Irishman isn’t happy with how the situation has been handled.
He went on to bemoan the lack of a working relationship that benefits both parties, not just the players’ national team.
The whole saga seems a little farcical to me.
Rogic could feature against Rangers, get on a plane, and still be there a week before Australia’s first fixture. It’s not as if they are facing Brazil either.
Jordan are ranked 96th in the World, over 50 places behind the Socceroos.
It’s pedantic at best from the FFA to insist on Rogic’s early release.
Rangers certainly won’t be complaining though. The big midfielder brings physicality and a quality left foot.
His goals have hurt the Gers on multiple occasions in the past and his absence can only offer a boost ahead of one of the most eagerly anticipated Old Firm matches for some time.