An Australian sports scientist believes that Celtic man Tom Rogic has left vital elements of his game undeveloped.
Rogic has been known for his creative spark during his now eight years in Glasgow. However, despite having so many memorable moments in green-and-white, his fitness has been a real concern.
Over the last four seasons alone, Rogic has had consistent knee issues. He’s missed a total of 44 games over the last four campaigns due to knee problems [Transfermarkt].
And Dr Craig Duncan, who worked with Rogic with the Australian national team, believes he hasn’t managed to develop all the essential elements of being a professional athlete.
As quoted by the World Game, Duncan said: “If you cover the technical, the tactical, the psychological and the physical then you’re a superstar.
“If one of those is out, then you’re still going to get places. I’ve seen Tom play really well, particularly in the World Cup playoff against Honduras in Sydney (in November 2017).
“Sometimes when people are really technically gifted, it takes away from them working the other side of their game. Rogic, though, is a player who can win you a game with something special, and you can work with that, even if he doesn’t maybe do a job defensively.”
Celtic can’t complain with what they’ve gotten from Rogic
From a Celtic perspective, you simply can’t complain about what Rogic has returned for this football club. 39 goals and 37 assists in 210 Celtic appearances [Transfermarkt]. Terrific.
Moments we’ll never forget such as the invincible treble-winning goal against Aberdeen. His last-gasp goal at Fir Park in that legendary 4-3 win at Motherwell. Any of his five derby goals against Rangers. THAT goal at Rugby Park under Deila. The list is almost endless.
He’s played a monumental part in Celtic’s nine-in-a-row run. That can’t ever be taken away from him, and when he does leave the club, he’ll be remembered very fondly amongst the support.
But on the flip side – Rogic is 28 and already looks well past his peak. He’s contributed one goal and three assists in 19 matches this season. He’s only played 90 minutes once throughout the entire campaign – the 4-1 loss to Sparta Prague.
That’s a problem in terms of his physiology. It suggests that Rogic is still having the fitness troubles that have plagued him throughout his career. In essence, that’s likely what’s stopped him from ever taking that step above Celtic and onto a bigger platform to one of Europe’s top five leagues.
But even so, that hasn’t harmed his reputation at Parkhead. He remains and always will remain a much-adored fan-favourite.