Ange Postecoglou lauds "special player" who made the difference for Celtic today
Ange Postecoglou has heaped praise on Celtic midfielder Tom Rogic after a starring role in the Hoops’ 3-0 win over Dundee United.
Rogic was electric from the first minute. Whether he was taking players on, moving the ball with one and two touch passing or trying to work opportunities, he controlled the tempo.
Then, to break the deadlock, Rogic slalomed what seemed like the entire Dundee United team before placing a cool finish past Benjamin Siegrist.
He was exceptional throughout, and his former Australia boss Postecoglou has spoken of Rogic’s value after full-time.
Postecoglou said [BBC Sportsound 14.03]:
“I know Tom obviously very well, he is a special player, he’s one of those the fans want to see. Pleased for him when he got his goal, I think it’s probably the one area he’s let himself down this year, finishing his good work off. Did that today, super goal.
“He’s working awfully hard off the ball as well, he’s had his little setbacks during his career. But I can see he’s really focused and he wants to be a dominant player in this team.
“He was the last person I had to have a conversation with [when I arrived]. As I’ve said before, when Tommy’s really happy with his football and enjoying himself, he’s at his best, and that’s what we’re trying to get him to do.”
Tom Rogic looked out of the Celtic picture before Ange Postecoglou turned up
All Celtic fans love Tom Rogic. If he left immediately after scoring that Cup Final goal against Aberdeen, that would remain the case.
It says a lot about his affection for the club and his willingness to overcome obstacles that he’s still here. Even more so that he might be playing the best football of his life under Ange Postecoglou.
There was an obvious connection there. But if it’d had been anyone else but the Socceroos boss in the dugout, pundits and fans alike would’ve expected Rogic’s days at Celtic to be numbered.
Fat chance of that now.
Today was just another example of how he can control a game. Jeandro Fuchs, so effective at Celtic Park for Dundee United, barely had a touch. Handling Rogic in this kind of form is a full-time job, and seldom a successful one.
Ange Postecoglou has got the best from a player who, only last season, looked to be out of the picture. We know how talented Rogic is, but finding the best way to use him, and trusting his fitness, wasn’t something every Celtic boss knew how to do.
Big Ange can.
And the Celtic supporters are loving it.