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Rogic won't make Celtic trip to Hamilton

Press Association logoPress Association 22/12/2016

Celtic will be without Socceroos striker Tom Rogic for their trip to Hamilton, while manager Brendan Rodgers has lashed Hamilton's artificial pitch.

Rogic, will miss the game with an ankle injury after he was brought down by Dundee defender Darren O'Dea in Celtic's 2-1 win on Saturday.

Rogic could be fit for the game against Ross County next week but, if not, Rodgers hopes to have him available for the game against Rangers at Ibrox Park on December 31.

For this weekend Rodgers will have to make do without the in-form Australian and try and get three points on a Hamilton pitch he believes wont be conducive to good football.

"It is always difficult. Any coach or manager will tell you, it is always a different game on a plastic pitch," Rodgers said.

"I have yet to see a good game on a plastic pitch but I have to respect that the conditions for every club are different.

"Hamilton are a football club that has produced many great young players so they have a way of working and that's what works for them, which is absolutely fine - I respect that.

"Most coaches will tell you the plastic pitch isn't ideal and that's where you feel for supporters because are they seeing the best game of football possible?

"For us, we have to turn up, be professional and look to get the job done."

Asked if it was a challenge for Celtic to produce a good game of football against the Lanarkshire side, the former Swansea and Liverpool boss said: "I don't think you can. I think it is about going there and getting a result.

"Like I say, I have never seen a good game of football on a plastic pitch.

"It brings lots of different elements to the game. It brings an unpredictability to the game that you wouldn't see in normal circumstances.

"I have seen a number of games on plastic pitches and been involved in a number of games on plastic pitches. I have yet to see a good one."

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