‘Stick to your prawns and BBQs’
Football pundit Chris Sutton has slammed the Football Federation of Australia for calling Tom Rogic up for international duty, ruling him out of the 'Old Firm' derby between Celtic and Rangers.
Rogic is expected to link up with the Socceroos squad in Dubai on December 27 for a training camp ahead of January's Asian Cup, with his Celtic to take on the Rangers on the 29th.
The Socceroos begin their campaign on January 6.
Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers has called on the FFA to do the "sensible" thing by allowing Rogic to play the derby before joining the training camp.
Former England centre-forward Sutton was less careful with his words on BT Sport, describing the Asian Cup as "mickey mouse football" and declaring that the Socceroos did not need Rogic to beat Jordan in their tournament opener.
"The thing which has upset me a bit is the Tom Rogic situation and him not being able to play against Rangers," Sutton said.
"They don't need Tom Rogic to pump Jordan, absolutely not.
"There's a lot of Scottish football fans thinking the Socceroos should shove their XXXX (beer) somewhere where the sun doesn't shine. It's not on. It's mickey-mouse football. Stick to your prawns and your barbecues."
On Saturday, Rodgers said he was unhappy at the thought of losing the attacking midfielder for the top of the table clash.
"We hope we can find a sensible solution," Rodgers said.
"At this moment in time he's due to play his last game for us away at Aberdeen and then he's due to fly out so that would mean him missing the last game (before the Premiership winter break).
"That's not something we're overly happy about. We feel Tom can play and be available for the 29th and fly out after the game and meet up in Dubai on the 30th and still be there virtually a week before he's due to play his first game."