Celtic have confirmed Tom Rogic is fine after his long-awaited playing return on Monday and says he is a “first-team player”.
Rogic returned to action for the first time in almost 12 injury-cursed months for Celtic’s Development Side, playing the first 45 minutes in a 2-0 win over Motherwell.
The match was played in driving rain and wind but Rogic showed good signs by all reports and, most importantly, has got through unscathed.
Celtic Under-20’s manager Stevie Frail told the club’s website: “He had a good 45 minutes and that will benefit him.
“The conditions didn’t suit his style of play but he came through it fine.”
Rogic’s last competitive action came on 4 April last year for Melbourne Victory, having battled a troublesome groin injury.
The midfielder underwent groin surgery in September and Celtic confirmed to FourFourTwo three weeks ago that he was close to a full return.
The 22-year-old’s last appearance for the Hoops was back on 27 November 2013 when he got 10 minutes off the bench in the UEFA Champions League against AC Milan.
Celtic boss Ronny Deila didn’t sign Rogic, but has said he would wait until he’s fully fit again before running the rule over him.
Frail added that Rogic is a “first-team player” at Celtic, despite having only made 15 appearances since joining the Hoops in January 2013.
“Tom is a first-team player and personally it’s good see him back,” Frail said.
“He has been out for a long time and I have been there myself with long-term injuries.
“It’s been hard for him but he has come through it so I’m really pleased for Tom.”
Rogic may get another chance to work on his fitness when the Celtic Development Side faces St Johnstone next Tuesday.
Celtic’s Under-20s will also play Manchester City in an English Premier League International Cup quarter-final on Thursday 16 April.comments