Australia boss Graham Arnold eyeing up Celtic man Tom Rogic for international return

By David Walton

August 19, 2021

Australia manager Graham Arnold has hinted that he could be about to bring Tom Rogic back in the fold.

The Daily Record [print edition, 19/08, page 57] has reported that Rogic will indeed be called up for next month’s qualifiers against China and Vietnam. It comes after a flurry of fine form for Celtic in their early days under Ange Postecoglou.

Rogic has been operating as part of a slick three-man midfield involving Callum McGregor and David Turnbull respectively. He was at it again against AZ Alkmaar in the Europa League yesterday too, providing a sumptuous cross for Kyogo Furuhashi to hammer home.

And Arnold has been bigging up Rogic’s form under the new Hoops boss as he prepares to name his squad for next month’s games.

As quoted by the Daily Record [19/08, page 57], Arnold said: “It’s great to see Tommy starting under Ange at Celtic and scoring. And Martin Boyle is on fire for Hibs, so there are a lot of great stories out there. We’ve got a good number of very good players and I’m very positive about what lies ahead.

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“Tommy is playing under Ange as an eight. I could always have a great midfield of Aaron Mooy, Rogic, and Ajdin Hrustic. But I could also play Rogic as a false nine and then you’ve got Jackson Irvine too. So we’ve got depth.

“We obviously look at making sure we’re playing those players in roles they feel comfortable in and where their strengths are. But it’s just great to see Tommy back on the pitch and doing well.”

Australia boss Graham Arnold ready to give Tom Rogic another chance

Rogic hasn’t played for his country since November 14th 2019. That was a 1-0 win in Jordan in which the Aussie played the entire 90 minutes of.

However, he’s been out of the squad since then. Whether it be down to poor form or simply not being entrusted by his club boss, Rogic’s international career looked at risk.

Now, however, Arnold is discussing all of the different ways he could utilise Rogic in the future. It’s absolutely vital for international managers to pick players who are in form. When it comes to Aussies abroad, you’ll do well to find a player flying higher than Rogic.

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Last night would’ve helped him too. Yes, he’s still tiring at around the hour mark, but he shone against AZ Alkmaar up until then. His quick feet in the engine room was key to relieving pressure on Celtic and getting us up the pitch.

Having a player of Rogic’s skill and ability is still a blessing. That we now have a manager who knows how to get the best out of him is even better.

It remains to be seen if Arnold follows through and calls Rogic up for next month’s games. But if he does, it’s another brilliant step on the maverick’s road to redemption.

In other news, Ange Postecoglou discusses potential Ryan Christie return for Celtic vs St Mirren