Celtic midfielder Tom Rogic called up for Australia

By Euan Davidson

August 28, 2021

Celtic midfielder and fan favourite Tom Rogic has earned a call up for Australia.

Rogic, who has 46 caps for the Socceroos [Transfermarkt], had been struck by injuries for the last round of Australia matches. However, he’s now fit and on form for Ange Postecoglou’s Celtic.

Already this season, he’s contributed a goal and assist in the league [WhoScored?], and has shown improvements in his fitness. That was a real problem for Rogic in the past, but he seems hungrier and more prepared than seasons prior.

The Socceroos, in their squad announcement, were full of praise for the Celtic midfielder. Announcing Rogic’s Australia return, they wrote [Socceroos]:

“One of the most creative and technical players Australia has produced, Rogic is now consistently delivering on the ability that has been evident from his attention-grabbing first season with Central Coast Mariners.

“Rogic has represented the Socceroos at a Confederations Cup, FIFA World Cup and AFC Asian Cup, where he has proven time and time again that he is capable of springing up a moment of magic when the side need it. 

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“After a difficult period with injuries, which impacted his involvement in June’s qualifiers, Rogic has enjoyed a renaissance of form and game time under former Socceroos coach Ange Postecoglou, and enters Australia’s final step of FIFA World Cup 2022 Qualifying in red-hot form.”

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Rogic is returning at a crucial time for Australia. How the Socceroos could use him, as they look to qualify for the next World Cup.

You couldn’t say he hasn’t earned it. A lot of fans probably thought they’d seen the last of Rogic in a Celtic shirt. Unavailable for much of pre-season, Rogic’s hard work and determination have served him well so far this season.

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Rogic looks every bit the buzzing creative midfielder Celtic know and love. He’ll be amongst some Celtic-adjacent names, too. Aaron Mooy, linked with a move to the Bhoys this summer, makes his international return [Socceroos].

Daniel Arzani, a former Celtic loanee, had a rough time in Glasgow. Injuries got the best of the Manchester City prospect. Now at Lommel SK in Belgium, he’s looking to add to his six caps.

Loans in Belgium seem to be good for a player’s international prospects.

For Rogic, this is a great opportunity. And, likely, he’ll take it, with China and Vietnam facing the Socceroos next. With no disrespect to either country, Australia should expect to be winning both games, with Rogic the fulcrum of their attack.

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