Celtic boss Ange Postecoglou dishes out Tom Rogic praise after "super game"

By David Walton

October 17, 2021

Celtic manager Ange Postecoglou has dished out some well-earned praise for Tom Rogic after a superb showing at Motherwell yesterday.

Rogic played the vast majority of games against Oman and Japan during the international break that saw him clock up the airplane miles. However, he returned for Celtic at Fir Park only days after arriving back in Scotland and put in a man-of-the-match display to down Motherwell 2-0.

The big Aussie played a mercurial ball through the Steelmen defence for Jota to open the scoring early in the first half and was one of Celtic’s biggest attacking outlets throughout. Stat-trackers WhoScored gave him a 7.71/10 as he produced a fine 72 minutes before being subbed.

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And speaking post-match, Postecoglou was happy to highlight Rogic’s influence on the team.

Speaking to Celtic TV, the Hoops boss said: “He was brilliant. Especially at the start when we needed that little bit of extra special qualities that he brings.

“His ball to Jota was outstanding, his general play was really good. Yeah I’m pleased for him, he had a super game.”

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Ange Postecoglou bringing out the best in Tom Rogic

Another big display from Rogic yesterday as he shows he still has a monumental role to play at Parkhead. It wasn’t just his assist either, it was his ball-carrying skills too.

Rogic was often the one picking up from deep and striding forward with possession as he proved to be a big counter-attacking option for the Hoops. Had we been better with our final ball, this could’ve been a lot more than the 2 we have to show for it.

But it’s even more impressive that Rogic was able to produce so soon after crucial World Cup qualifiers with Australia. So often we see players who go on long-distance journeys need a rest upon their return. There was none of that for Tom, and he didn’t look like he needed it either. This is big if we’re to rely on him over the course of the season.

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Another interesting take was the fact that he managed to make his mark alongside Turnbull. In recent weeks, the pair have struggled to play in the same side.

However, yesterday, there was a better understanding between the pair whilst Motherwell’s toothlessness in the final third meant that Celtic could afford to operate without a natural sitter.

The result was the main positive yesterday. but Rogic’s display was a timely boost. Moving forward, this needs to be the first of a series of impressive displays from the talented Aussie.

In other news, Joe Hart and Carl Starfelt revel in post-match Celtic celebrations at Fir Park