Anthony Ralston labels Celtic teammate "terrific"; states he "makes my job easier"
Celtic defender Anthony Ralston has labelled teammates Tom Rogic as “unplayable” and “terrific” as he stated playing alongside him makes his job easier.
Rogic made an instant return to the Celtic team after a just under 5k-mile trip from Oman, where he was performing for Australia in a vital World Cup qualifier as recently as Tuesday evening.
4 days later and he was producing a starring performance at Fir Park in which he bagged a brace. His link-up play with Liel Abada, in particular, was sensational, with Tom showing no signs of weariness from his international duties.
And it only took him that 1 Celtic outing to have teammates singing his praises once again.
As quoted by the Daily Record, Ralston said: “When he plays like that it’s pretty difficult [to stop him], as you can imagine. When Tom’s on top form he is unplayable, you can all see that for yourselves.
“It’s terrific to play with him, especially down that side and it makes my job easier. He gives me that option when I’m on the all, coming inside or on the outside, so he was terrific again.”
Tom Rogic makes instant impact after Reo Hatate competition emerges
Rogic managed to make the 4-0 routing of Motherwell look routine yesterday. However, that couldn’t be further from the reality when you consider the impact of positional rival Reo Hatate.
Hatate took up Rogic’s number 10 position against Rangers in last week’s Glasgow derby. We all know what happened there. One brace later and Reo looks undroppable.
Indeed, Ange Postecoglou couldn’t bring himself to drop the Japanese talent from his starting XI at Fir Park. Instead, he decided to drop Matt O’Riley and give the former MK Dons talent a rest. He managed to fit Rogic into the same team as Hatate, and impressively, the team was just as fluid and perhaps even more creative.
If Rogic was feeling any nerves regarding his first-team spot then it certainly didn’t show. In fact, he looked as calm and composed as he always does. His brace at Fir Park was one of real quality. Goals of a Rogic trademark and efforts that stamped his own mark on that number 10 position.
Yet in saying all of that, it doesn’t really feel as though players are competing with each other this season. It doesn’t feel as though they’re all positional rivals. Instead there’s more of a family feel to things. As if they’re all fighting for the same prize and simply happy to contribute.
That’s the kind of atmosphere Ange has generated at Celtic Park this season. Fingers crossed it takes us all the way to the title.