Callum McGregor shares the unseen role teammate had in bonding Ange with Celtic squad

By Lewis Laird

May 6, 2022

Celtic captain Callum McGregor has hailed Tom Rogic for the ‘hugely important’ role he has had to play under Ange Postecoglou this season.

Rogic has been with the club for nine years. But it looked like that time may have been coming to an end this summer.

After almost leaving to go to Qatar in 2020, many Celtic fans were sure that the attacking midfielders’ time was up at the club due to the difficult campaign in the 2020/21 season.

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However, the 28-year old has since rejuvenated his Celtic career under Ange Postecoglou, who is a familiar face having worked with the 56-year old on international duty in Australia.

According to the Celtic captain, that relationship has also been key in the dressing room this season.

In an interview with Keep Up, McGregor praised Rogic for his role in bridging the gap between the players and the manager, stating that the Socceroos man helped ‘drip feed’ what Ange wanted from the players from within the Celtic Park dressing room.

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“He’s a top guy, top footballer as well. Great personality. I’ve known him for best part of eight to nine years now, and we’ve had some amazing times together on and off the pitch. He’s a great character.

“He’s been hugely important this season in terms of being that bridge between that manager. He’s helped drip feed the message, always keeping us (informed) on what he wants, the small details he wants to see around the training ground. 

“Tom’s been hugely important for us this season and what we’re doing.”

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Despite enjoying great success at Parkhead in his previous nine years at the club, many fans could argue that this season has been Rogic’s best in a Celtic shirt.

The midfielder was recently nominated for the PFA player of the year award and picked up the season’s goal for his brilliant individual strike against Dundee United.

Not only does it appear that his impact on the field has been crucial for this Celtic side, but also off the field within the dressing room in helping get Ange’s message across to his teammates.

In other news, Celtic boss Ange Postecoglou’s smart Lennoxtown move this week.