‘A Fortnight is only Fair,’ Rodgers insists World Cup Celts take a break after Russia

BRENDAN RODGERS has confirmed that Tom Rogic will be allowed a two week break from football before returning the Celtic to resume training on 12 July.

This of course will roll him out of the first round of qualifiers for the Champions League but the Australian will be ready to contribute as the games get tougher in the later rounds.

“He’ll have two weeks off from now, so he’ll be back when we arrive home from the first leg. He’ll be back training on 12 July.

“He won’t be playing in the first leg, it’s a long season for us and he’s just off the back of a World Cup. So he’ll have two weeks free then come back fresh and ready for, hopefully, another exciting season.”

While Rogic, and his Celtic team-mate Cristian Gamboa can now enjoy a well deserved holiday, the two other Celts in Russia are very much still involved in the competition and whisper it, one of them stands a decent chance of winning the thing!

Dedryck Boyata is the only outfield player to play every minute of Belgium’s three matches in Russia and he has been on the winning side on each occasion, including in the 1-0 win over England in the group decider.

And Mikael Lustig also came out on top of his group as Sweden progressed at the expense of the reigning World Champions Germany. Lustig too has played in all the games for Sweden.

“I’m obviously delighted for Mika because it’s a brilliant result Sweden have had.

“Dedryck has gone in and looked very good in his games and Belgium are through as well.

“That is great and we hope they can do well. Hopefully they can stay injury free, so we get them back fit and ready.

“All the boys from when they go out have got two weeks,” Brendan said, confirming the story we ran on Wednesday on The Celtic Star.

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