Tom Rogic’s display at Pittodrie has delighted Celtic manager Neil Lennon.

The Aussie managed to bag an assist and played a key part in goal number three of the 4-0 rout at Pittodrie. Celtic managed to stay top of the Scottish Premiership thanks to the heavy win. It put rivals Rangers under huge pressure, and they struggled to overcome Motherwell at Ibrox.

For Rogic, however, it was a big performance. With Ryan Christie suspended for the contest, it was seen as Rogic’s final chance to impress before Ryan took his spot back.


Tom Rogic was back in the side on Sunday (Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

But Lenny has expressed his delight with how he performed on the day. Speaking at his press conference via Celtic TV yesterday, here’s what Lenny had to say:

“It’s a real bonus for us. I thought on Sunday he was superb. I thought as the game went on, particularly in the second half, he was outstanding.

“Really pleased for him. He’s worked hard, that’s another 90 minutes in his legs and his body. He’ll really get the benefit of that.

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“Just at the minute he’s having a few issues with the knee, more or less 24 or 48 hours after a game, with is totally natural. So if we can keep him fit and with the way he’s playing at the minute – he’s a real asset.”

Totally defeats Chris Sutton’s argument

Sutton stated in the Daily Record at the end of last week that there was “no way back” for Rogic. In fairness to Chris, that wasn’t down to Rogic’s lack of ability. He instead stated that it was because Christie was so good.

But looking at what Lenny has had to say here, he clearly has a plan for Rogic. He’s described him as a “real asset”. That doesn’t sound like a manager who’s open to not giving his man a chance to win his place back.

Rogic has struggled to win a consistent place in this Celtic side over the past year (Robbie Jay Barratt – AMA/Getty Images)

Rogic just has to keep putting the pressure on with his displays and continue to force Christie to perform to his own high standards.

We’ve seen just how big one performance can be for a player. Rogic’s display at Pittodrie has brought him praise from all quarters. And all of a sudden, it looks as though he does indeed have a positive future at Parkhead.

Chris Sutton wasn’t particularly optimistic about Rogic’s chances (Catherine Ivill – AMA/Getty Images)

It wasn’t really in any doubt. Rogic, when he’s fit and firing, is still a massive talent. Sure, he’s more suited to playing from the start than as a super sub. But he contains bags of quality that we can’t just dismiss because he’s out of the team.

Sutton is already being proven that he was wrong to think Rogic was close to done here. So long as he can continue to fend off his injuries, there’ll always be a place for him here.

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