Celtic set to be dealt significant blow ahead of looming Rangers clash
Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images

Celtic set to be dealt big Rangers blow by imminent manager call

Celtic are set to be dealt a blow ahead of the Old Firm clash with Rangers early next month by Australia national team manager Graham Arnold [Glasgow Times].

Arnold is yet to officially select his Socceroos squad for upcoming World Cup Qualifiers against Vietnam and Oman.

Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images

However, he has all but confirmed that Celtic midfielder Tom Rogic will be receiving a call-up.


As the second fixture against Oman is set to take place in Muscat on 1st February, one day before the Old Firm, Hoops boss Ange Postecoglou will be without the 29-year-old.

“It’s not easy always for a national team coach, especially through this time when it’s not a FIFA window in Europe,” said Arnold [Glasgow Times]. “It’s a FIFA ruling. It’s an emergency window they’ve put in for the Asian Nations, CONMEBOL and the African Nations Cup to get finished.”

“I need my best players and my best players [include] Tommy Rogic and Martin Boyle.

“I’ve still got to do the final selection of the squad and that will come on Thursday. But these are two World Cup qualifiers, they’re two important games, and I need my best players.”

Photo by Darrian Traynor/Getty Images

Losing Rogic will be a significant blow for Celtic, given how influential he’s been in recent times.

In his last six Premiership appearances, he’s scored two goals and notched four assists, while he’s scored five times against the Gers in the past.

Rangers are understrength right now too, though, due to a number of injuries and Joe Aribo’s Africa Cup of Nations commitments.

Kemar Roofe is closing in on a return to action but he will miss the Old Firm if he’s called up by Jamaica for a series of World Cup Qualifiers, while fellow striker Alfredo Morelos will also be absent if his strong recent club form results in a Colombia recall.

Meanwhile, Derek McInnes has dropped his verdict on Ryan Kent’s controversial red card against Aberdeen.

LOGIN to Comment
LOGIN to Comment