Ange Postecoglou speaks on Celtic hero Tom Rogic's move to West Brom

By Lewis Laird

September 21, 2022

Celtic boss Ange Postecoglou has opened up on the departure of long-serving midfielder Tom Rogic after he completed his move to English Championship side West Brom.

The 29-year-old brought his nine-year stay at Parkhead to a surprise end during the summer, despite still having one year left on his current deal.

Rogic is highly regarded amongst the Celtic support for creating some incredible memories during an extremely successful period in the club’s history.

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Last summer, it looked as though the attacking midfielders’ time at Celtic was going to fizzle out after a frustrating few years through injury.

However, upon the arrival of former Australian national team boss Ange Postecoglou, Rogic’s Celtic career was rejuvenated, and he went on to have one of his best seasons as a Hoops player.

Despite making a huge impact during last campaign’s league and cup double success, the Socceroos internationalist decided it was time to move on to a fresh challenge.

After spending the summer without a club, Rogic finally found himself a club, joining English Championship side West Brom.

Speaking to Australian media for the first time since Rogic’s move south of the border, Postecoglou insisted that the midfielder was a Celtic legend and opened up on his decision to leave.

He said [CODE Sports]: “He’s a legend at Celtic, but at the same time, he spent his whole adult life there, and I could sense that he just needed a change. Tommy’s talent is unquestionable. And also, he backs himself against anybody.

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“He’s still probably one of our best players at national team level and hasn’t taken the easy route going to the Championship. His fitness levels and everything need to be at their best to compete there.

“People shouldn’t underestimate him to last that long at a club like Celtic, which demands success. Tom had 9-10 years of that, and he has got to be a strong character to survive that long. No doubt if fit, raring to go, he’ll be a challenge for anyone at the World Cup.”

Celtic supporters wish Rogic all the best after successful nine years.

With the quality that Rogic showcased during his nine successful years spent at Parkhead, the majority of supporters were gutted to see him leave.

However, he went with all the best wishes of the Parkhead faithful after becoming a modern-day club hero for his contributions to so many trophies.

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Now, the midfielder will embark upon a new journey as he gets set to take his place in the West Brom squad working under Steve Bruce.

Hopefully, we will see Rogic feature for his nation during the Qatar 2022 World Cup later this year when he builds up his fitness over the next few months.

As Ange mentions, spending so long and achieving success at a club like Celtic is no easy feat, and his time at the club will be well remembered for a very long-time.

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