Date: 14th February 2018 at 7:10pm
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Celtics fans here in the Tavern are praying that star men can return in time for their Europa League clash, as the Hoops have struggled with injuries of late.

Indeed, Brendan Rodgers’ side have suffered a mid-season injury crisis that’s come at completely the wrong time, as they now head into their European clash with Zenit St Petersburg looking worse for wear. Of course, fans were hopeful of one particular superstar returning to the fray against the Russian outfit, but sadly this is no longer an option for the Hoops, as according to reports from BBC Sport, midfielder Tom Rogic is set to miss tomorrow’s Europa League encounter with Zenit.

The Australian has missed the past two months with a knee problem, but was an unused substitute in the Hoops’ Scottish Cup triumph over Partickle Thistle on Saturday. And, after Monday’s development game at Cappielow was called off, it meant that the midfielder has suffered from a lack of game time prior to the all-important Europa League first-leg.

Of course, this adds to the current injury woes that our local residents are feeling the effects of here in the Tavern, as Rogic joins a list of seven other casualties currently spending time out on the sideline. Therefore, it’s slim pickings for Brendan Rodgers as he heads into a season-defining game, in a first-leg that’ll have a huge say as to whether there’s a future to be had in Europe for the Hoops.

Landlord’s Verdict: 

The absence of Rogic is a big blow for the Hoops, one that adds insult to injury with the masses of players already spending time out on the sidelines. However, it’s safer to hold him back for the first-leg of their European encounter, with a risk of aggravating further problems for a crucial player in the Bhoys’ ranks.

Celtic fans… Thoughts on the news? Let us know down below!!!