Celtic manager Ange Postecoglou plays waiting game over Daizen Maeda and Tom Rogic for Rangers clash

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Daizen Maeda could yet feature for Celtic against Rangers on Wednesday despite currently being on international duty with Japan.
Daizen Maeda could yet feature for Celtic against Rangers on Wednesday despite currently being on international duty with Japan.

ANGE POSTECOGLOU says he will wait to see whether Daizen Maeda and Tom Rogic play for their respective countries next week before investigating the possibility of rushing the players back to Glasgow in time to face Rangers on Wednesday.

Maeda’s Japan take on Saudi Arabia in Saitama in the early hours of Tuesday morning, while Rogic’s Australia play in Oman later in the afternoon, and the Celtic manager is sceptical over whether it would be logistically possible to have either player back in time and ready to face Rangers.

Celtic previously flew Efe Ambrose back to Glasgow by private jet following the African Cup of Nations for a Champions League tie against Juventus with disastrous consequences, as the defender’s errors on the night cost his side dearly in a 3-0 defeat.

If Maeda or Rogic do not play on Tuesday however, Postecoglou hasn’t ruled out a bid to get either player back in time to take on Rangers at Celtic Park on Wednesday evening.

“I think they both play the day before,” Postecoglou said. “If they both play, you are not going to play two games in 48 hours, or 24 hours.

“It’s unlikely. On a manager’s salary, I don’t have a private jet that might be able to get them here.

"A lot of that will depend on whether they have played. I expect Tommy will play most definitely because Australia have a big game. Daizen played on Thursday, so a lot will depend on them playing.

“It’s a possibility, but if they have played the night before, even if we can get them here on time, it’s still hard.”

Meanwhile, Postecoglou has also refused to confirm or deny rumours that striker Kyogo requires surgery on his hamstring injury, stating only that he expects him to be absent for at least another few weeks.

“I’m not going to talk about people’s medical procedures,” he said. “That’s people’s private business.

“It’s not that I am saying he will or he won’t, but my job is to tell you guys when potentially he will be back.

“I have to respect people’s privacy here and people shouldn’t be throwing around rumours and stuff.

“I’m sure you guys wouldn’t like your medical procedures to be played out in the public and players are no different.”

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