Celtic attacking midfielder Tom Rogic continued his comeback into Neil Lennon’s first-team with 90 minutes under his belt against Ross County in the Scottish Premiership on Saturday.
It was the Australian’s fourth appearance of the season so far. He’d only previously completed a full 90 minutes once this term prior to yesterday’s match.
Last season he managed that on just eleven occasions.
Fitness and stamina are not seen as his strongest attributes, but he’ll be delighted to get some good work done ahead of a heavy schedule for Celtic between now and the new year.
Ryan Christie has made the central attacking midfield position his own of late, with Rogic struggling with a number of injury problems since the end of last season.
The Scotland international was of course suspended for yesterday’s 6-0 rout of the Highlanders after picking up a red card against Livingston.
The match represented a big opportunity for Rogic then.
Although he was not a consistent stand-out throughout, he did show a few glimpses of the quality he can provide when he reaches full fitness again.
Fans offered a mixed response to his performance, with some noting he is still far from his peak, like the majority of 2019 so far.
Others though were simply surprised to see him make it through the match without being subbed off or delighted to see him show signs of progress.
These supporters took to Twitter this weeekend to share their thoughts…
He did the ugly job, had 4 players around him in a congested central area,that gives the freedom for others,especially wide areas.
— someone random (@Andyfizz69) October 19, 2019
I’m only hoping he can have a run of good games between now and January so we can peddle him and his big contact. Pains me to say (note account header) but his lack of availability and the emergence of other options has rendered him somewhat moot.
— Dan Cantara (@Dannybhoy59) October 19, 2019
Tom Rogic getting 90 minutes a big bonus
— Charlie Connelly (@CharlieConnel17) October 19, 2019
Can we just take a moment to appreciate this once in a lifetime moment.
Tom Rogic completed a full 90 minutes.
— Liam King (@LK95_) October 19, 2019
What a fabulous game today. Played some delicious football. He might not have been a standout but some of the footwork from Rogic was beautiful to watch 😍. Will be an important player for us as the season progresses 🍀🍀🍀
— Bugsy Malone-Bolingoli (@Bugsymaloned) October 19, 2019
Tom Rogic closing down the keeper in the 70th odd minute today… lacked sharpness but looked fitter and leaner than I’ve ever seen him. It’s Christie’s jersey right now, but if Tsk can stay fit he will be pushing 🍀💚
— Simon Finnigan (@SimonFinnigan7) October 19, 2019
i actually witnessed tom rogic play 90 minutes today, a story to tell the grandkids!
— joe (@josephtonner67) October 19, 2019
Delighted with today. Had we been more clinical first half we’d have been looking at double figures. Frimpong, Rogic and Elmo all great and Eddy was imperious.
However, have changed my mind about Bayo and gone back into the ‘jury’s out’ camp.
— Timboandthejetset (@baldyspeccy) October 19, 2019