Ange Postecoglou has already given his verdict on Tom Rogic's Celtic contract

By David Walton

April 20, 2022

There appears to have been a bit of chatter surrounding Tom Rogic’s contract situation today amongst fellow Celtic-supporting outlets.

This was in response to journalist Pete O’Rourke telling Give Me Sport that he believes Celtic will be desperate to extend the player’s deal and that Ange Postecoglou will be pushing for it.

Rogic’s current contract at Parkhead is up at the end of the 2022/23 season, meaning he still has over a year remaining. As you would expect then, there’s no real urge to move immediately given the longevity of the situation.

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And it doesn’t appear as though Celtic are making immediate moves to get things sorted. Ange Postecoglou already stated back in February that this isn’t a priority for the club.

As quoted by the Scottish Sun, Ange said: “No, it’s the last thing on my mind, mate. We want people here who are happy to be here and want to be a part of it.

“Unless someone knocks on my door and says they want to go I’ll just let it roll.”

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No massive need or urge to sign Tom Rogic up just yet

It can’t be denied that Tom has had a fine season under Ange. Inconsistent at times most definitely, but productive nevertheless. He’s managed 6 goals and 10 assists in 45 games. 33 of which have been starts [Transfermarkt]. A fine year for him indeed.

But it’s clearly not something that’s concerning the manager at the moment. So long as Ange believes that Tom is happy where he is then he doesn’t appear to see any issues.

Granted, there is always the danger that the player can enter the final 6 months of his contract and leave for somewhere new. But there’s plenty of time between now and then. There’s a league championship to secure before we start looking at freshening up the squad for the new season.

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Players being in the final year of their contracts has hardly stopped Ange from including them if necessary. Karamoko Dembele has featured in a handful of matchday squads for example. The manager is clearly satisfied about where Tom sees his future and that’s all that matters.

That doesn’t mean of course that Celtic are going to wait until the final day of his deal to make something happen, but a bit of perspective is needed. It’s hardly a pressing concern.

Ange already made that perfectly clear 2 months ago. I highly doubt anything has changed.

In other news, Opinion: What Ange will be hammering home to the Celtic players at Lennoxtown this week