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ROGIC RULED OUT OF EUROPA TIE

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CELTIC’S Europa League last-32 first leg against Zenit St Petersburg tomorrow night will come too soon for Tom Rogic.

The Australian midfielder, who has been missing for two months with a knee problem, was an unused substitute in Saturday’s 3-2 Scottish Cup win over Partick Thistle.

Rogic was also denied game-time when Monday’s development match at Cappielow was then called off due to snow on the pitch.

Chris Davies, Brendan Rodgers’ right hand man, said: “Hopefully, Tom is going to be available in a week or so.

“He’s had some good training and he’s on his way back from being out for a while.”

Fellow-midfielders Patrick Roberts, Stuart Armstrong and Jonny Hayes are also sidelined, as is goalkeeper Craig Gordon, out for at least another nine weeks with a knee injury, and former RB Leipzig defender Marvin Compper, who is both injured and ineligible for European competition.

Striker Leigh Griffiths has not featured since the recurrence of a calf problem against former team Hibs last month with a four-week recovery forecast.

Central defender Dedryck Boyata was forced off with a groin injury against Kilmarnock with boss Rodgers saying a return for the second leg in Russia was more likely for the Belgian.

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Acclaimed author Alex Gordon wrote the biography of Scotland international legend Denis Law, entitled 'King and Country'. He is a former columnist with World Soccer magazine and Scottish correspondent of respected European journal L'Equipe.

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