Date: 13th July 2018 at 6:59am
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Brendan Rodgers hopes to have Tom Rogic available for the visit of Valur or Rosenborg in the second qualifying round of the Champions League.

The midfielder played in all three of Australia’s matches at the World Cup Finals in Russia but returned to Lennoxtown yesterday.

Rogic’s return gives the Celtic side a more recognisable look with the midfielder scoring some of the most memorable goals of the last two seasons under Rodgers.

Having the 25-year-old fully fit will give Celtic’s Champions League hopes a major boost with the Celtic boss carefully planning Rogic’s return to top team action.

Tom and Cristian are back now,” he told The Sun. “From the time of going out, they’ve both had a couple of weeks off.

With Tom, it’s one where he’s coming back from a couple of weeks off, so we need to rebuild him back up once again. All being well, he’ll be ready for the home leg of the next-round qualifier.”

Celtic face Standard Liege in a friendly tomorrow but Rodgers is likely to hold Rogic back with an eye to getting some match time in the return leg against Alashkert.

Assuming that Celtic complete the job against Alashkert they will play Valur or Rosenborg at home on July 24 or 25 with the Icelandic side holding a 1-0 lead from the first leg.