Ange Postecoglou states Celtic hero Tom Rogic has "something different"
Ange Postecoglou has lauded the attitude and ability of Celtic attacker Tom Rogic in the build-up to tonight’s game against Hibernian at Easter Road.
Rogic has gone through a renaissance under his countryman this season. After a season in which he was in and out of the side in 2020/21, he’s returned to become of the club’s most consistent and top performers. All that when it looked as though he was close to leaving back in the summer of 2020.
This term, Rogic has managed to feature 22 times for the club. It may have gone unnoticed too, but that means he’s appeared in every competitive match so far this season. A testament to both his fitness and match sharpness.
And the manager has taken the time to laud the Australian veteran as he talked up his work-rate behind the scenes. As quoted by the Glasgow Times, Postecoglou said: “I know Tom well and have always felt that he’s got a something special about him. He’s one of those players who most people would say they enjoy watching. He’s just got something different about him. Yes he’s had some issues but sometimes I think he’s one of the players who people want to put in a certain box.
“Throughout his career, he’s done some remarkable things. He’s had a fantastic career here with Celtic. You don’t stay at a football club like this unless you have something to offer. I still think there’s more to come. He’s only 28. In many respects his best football years could be ahead of him. Hopefully that continues.
“He works really hard in training. Since I’ve been here, knock on wood, he’s done everything right on and off the field. I think he’s looking strong in games. In some games we’ve taken him off only because we’ve wanted to change the dynamic a little bit rather than due to fitness. Him and David Turnbull have played a lot of football so far. We’ve just got to be careful with them not to tip them over the edge.”
Tom Rogic becoming a Celtic undroppable
There was a time when you would scoff at the idea of Rogic being a consistent performer in the starting XI. But that’s exactly the case this season. Even as recently as several months ago you may have dismissed the notion that he would become a key player for the Hoops.
You can see there’s a level of trust from Ange towards Tom that was built from their Australia days. There’s a mutual respect, and the manager clearly admires how Rogic goes about his business on and off the pitch.
Of course, that doesn’t mean he doesn’t have selection dilemmas at times. In recent weeks, he’s been persisting with both Rogic and David Turnbull in the same team. It’s debatable as to whether that’s a partnership that can actually work with either man being stifled on occasion.
We’re likely to see it once again at Easter Road tonight when Postecoglou looks for his 5th consecutive win. You can see the thought process behind it given Hibs are likely to push out and try to take the game to Celtic.
But irrespective of that, Rogic has continued to be a top performer for Postecoglou. He’s becoming one of Celtic’s Mr Reliables, even if his goals and assists record could still do with a boost.
Fingers crossed he can chalk one or two up tonight in Leith.