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Celtic Set To Miss Their Sensational Midfielder For Two Months: Can They Find A Replacement?

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Prasoon Sur
Prasoon is a law student who lives in the North East of India. Wildly innovative, football is more than a passion for him.

Scottish Premiership is only a formality now as Celtic are running away with the league title. The Bhoys are placed first with a lead of 27 points over second-seeded Aberdeen in the table. They have been absolutely riveting to watch and have been invincible in the league so far, and with the form they currently find themselves in, they might go on to clinch the title without losing a game.

Nonetheless, domestic treble with an unparalleled achievement in the league, in particular, is yet to be achieved and Brendan Rodgers has suffered an injury setback as Tom Rogic has been ruled out of action for a couple after undergoing an ankle operation. The Aussie was victimised by Darren O’Dea’s late tackle when he faced Dundee United and was sidelined since the middle of December. To worsen the scenario, the news of his unavailability, owing to the setback during the training until April, has saddened the Celtic fans.

Rogic’s unavailability for the William Hill Scottish Cup tie against Inverness on Saturday alongside Stuart Armstrong and Leigh Griffiths implies that Rodgers would be lacking a top notch attacking arsenal, though the latter two should be available for the Celts’ trip to the Fir Park. Complacency is something the reigning champions can’t afford to have in order to ensure that their season ends on a high. So, the much bigger problem is as to who would fill the shoes of the 24-year-old midfielder for the upcoming couple of months or so.

Scott Sinclair can be engineered from the flanks to the central attacking role because of the versatility with which he plies his trade. The former Manchester City and Chelsea player has taken marauding strides in the green and white striped shirt so far this campaign, and it is his flamboyance from the middle to the forward region that has earned his so much of appraisal. He has the experience, keeps the ball ticking in the final third, scores goals and assists frequently as well and not to mention, he has been consistent as well.

Callum McGregor is another star Rodgers could very well use to cater to the needs of a no. 10 in his setup, with Sinclair on the right flank and James Forrest on the left. Frankly speaking, the former Liverpool boss does have quality on his side but it would narrow down to how he executes them in the coming months to fill the void left by Rogic.

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