Celtic boss calls Tom Rogic "arguably the best" in Scotland after call-up news

By Euan Davidson

January 21, 2022

Celtic manager Ange Postecoglou has suggested Tom Rogic is arguably the best player in Scotland when he’s on form, in response to his latest Australia call-up.

Rogic will fly out to meet his Australia team-mates later this month, ahead of facing Vietnam and Oman in World Cup qualification. Asked whether Postecoglou was disappointed by the turn of events, the Celtic boss put a more optimistic and complimentary spin on events.

The Australian midfielder has been on inspired form this season. Looking the most match-fit he’s ever been, Rogic has 3 goals and a whopping 9 assists to his name [Transfermarkt]. Socceroos boss Graham Arnold was delighted by Rogic’s availability, with the midfielder certain to add to his 51 Australia caps.

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Rogic will now miss games against Dundee United, Hearts and Rangers. It’s a blow for Celtic supporters, but Tom Rogic is absolutely deserving of his call-up, says Postecoglou.

The Celtic boss said [Celtic FC]: “Disappointed? I mean he’s selected for his national team because he’s a hell of a player.

“I’d be disappointed if he wasn’t selected for his national team. Tom’s been an outstanding servant for this football club. And he’s been an outstanding servant for his national team, and he wants them to go to a fourth consecutive World Cup.

“So, not disappointed at all. On form he’s been arguably the best player in the competition here. I want to see him do well for the national team, not just because it’s Australia.”

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Tom Rogic has been outstanding for Celtic, but Australia “disappointment” question is a fair one

Although Ange Postecoglou acted surprised at the line of questioning, and his response is entirely fair enough, you would understand if he was a bit disappointed.

But only in the way that Celtic supporters are that he’ll miss three big games. Yes, he’ll likely delight Australian football fans with his performances, as he is wont to do. For us though, speaking entirely selfishly, it is a blow.

With more international call-ups likely, the timing of nearly everything this month has been off-kilter. We’re likely to see a Glasgow Derby without a plethora of star names, as well as whoever Rangers are missing.

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That’s one of the reasons this January window was so important. Although none of the signings were made with the short-term at the forefront, squad depth is perhaps more necessary than ever. With key players coming back from injury, as well as new additions to the squad, gelling quickly in time for the derby is going to be paramount.

As for Ange Postecoglou’s “arguably” shout about Rogic? To be honest, if an on-form Tom Rogic isn’t the best player in Scotland, he’s at least right up there. As we’ve seen plenty this season, nobody can handle him at his best. In terms of sheer technique and comfort on the ball, there’s nobody quite like him.

A goal of the month award for his strike against Dundee United makes that case [Celtic FC]. Go on, watch it again [SPFL].

For Rogic, these are important Australia games, too. He’d want to be there. And he’s more than likely to be decisive.

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