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ROGIC SET TO RETURN

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TOM ROGIC is poised to make his first Celtic appearance of the season in tonight’s Champions League qualifier against Rosenborg at Parkhead.

The Australian World Cup midfielder was given an extra holiday after performing for his nation in the Russian Finals, but Brendan Rodgers is likely to play him during some part in proceedings against the Norwegians.

However, the first leg second round tie will come too soon for Mikael Lustig who has just returned to training this week after his appearances for Sweden who reached the quarter-finals of the tournament.

Unfortunately, the right-back missed the 2-0 defeat against England through suspension, but was a mainstay until the last-eight clash.

Rodgers said: “We’re not playing computer games. Mikael was only back on Monday, so you cannot ask someone to come back Monday and play Wednesday.

“He’ll get back up to speed over the next couple of weeks, then we’ll see where he’s at.”

With the Aussies exiting the competition at the group stages, Rogic has had an additional couple of weeks to get back into the groove.

The Hoops boss said: “Tom is back in the squad for the game. He looks really good.”

Striker Leigh Griffiths is still sidelined, but is expected to start full training tomorrow along with Jonny Hayes, who had a setback during the pre-season following his return after breaking a leg against Dundee at Dens Park on Boxing Day.

Rodgers added: “They will join the training group tomorrow, so that’s good news.”

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