Boerrigter and Rogic feature for Celtic development squad; any future under Deila?

Celtic U-20s

Forgotten Celtic duo Derk Boerrigter and Tom Rogic made rare appearances for the Celtic development squad tonight.

Celtic's development squad notched a fairly comfortable 2-0 win over Motherwell tonight, thanks to goals from Jamie Lindsay and Jaison McGrath.

It was a great opportunity for some of Celtic's up-and-coming talent to show manager Ronny Deila what they can do, but it was even more important for two Celtic players.

Midfielder Tom Rogic and winger Derk Boerrigter have spent most of their Celtic careers on the treatment table having suffered a number of injuries - yet made comebacks tonight for the development side.

Rogic got a valuable 45 minutes of playing time, whilst Boerrigter lasted an hour before also being substituted as the pair try to build up their fitness.

Yet, it seems like both players are facing an uphill task in impressing Deila and salvaging their Celtic careers ahead of the summer transfer window.

Rogic, 22, was one of Australia's hottest prospects having impressed with Central Coast Mariners, but has played just 15 games for Celtic, and even moved back to Australia on loan with Melbourne Victory just over a year ago.

Still contracted for another two years, Rogic is far from finished but really needs to show that he can avoid injuries, and prove that he has what it takes to feature in the first-team. With talented midfielders like Stefan Johansen, Scott Brown and Nir Bitton in the ranks, Rogic still has time on his side but competition is fierce, and he's losing ground with every game that he misses.

Boerrigter on the other hand, is 28 and has played just three times this season due to injuries and poor performance, making his situation far more precarious. The Dutch winger has scored only one goal for Celtic so far, so hasn't really set the world alight when he has been fit enough to play, and finding a buyer for him could be problematic if Deila has seen enough of him.

The former Ajax man is also contracted until 2017, but his future looks more uncertain than Rogic's right now. It may be a case of Deila giving them another pre-season to prove their worth, but both players are entering a crucial stage of their Celtic careers - and whilst fitness will largely dictate whether they stick around at Celtic or not, they also have to prove that they have the talent to be factors under Deila.

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