Tom Rogic’s performance at Ibrox was a real concern today.
The Aussie played the majority of the game before being subbed late on for Olivier Ntcham. The latter’s introduction perhaps didn’t have much of an effect, but it did allow Rogic to stop giving possession away.
It was a rare dreadful display from our Wizard of Oz. He almost looked as though he was still playing with the fatigue he showed in the last Glasgow derby.
And there has been something missing from Rogic for the last couple of months too. He may have played in each of the last six games, but he was just way off the pace this afternoon.
That’s not to say Rogic didn’t get on the ball either. He often saw it on plenty of occasions in the midfield, before being ruthlessly crowded out in possession. But the fact is that Rogic wasn’t moving it with the same speed in his decision-making as he has in the past.
Rogic has been quiet since his return from injury too. His goal to put Celtic 3-0 ahead in the Scottish Cup semi-final against Aberdeen was his last notable moment of quality. Since then, the attacking midfielder hasn’t been shining the way he normally does.
No reports of further injury
There has been no reports of any knocks to Rogic since his six-week omission from action between January and March. He also hasn’t come off with any injury knocks either since his return.
So was this just a bad performance? So rarely is it that Rogic performs this badly that you can’t help but feel there’s something more to it when he does.
The Aussie has, so often in the past, proved to be a huge scourge of Rangers in the past. He’s scored in two of his last three visits to Ibrox, and managed four goals in total against them last season.
Today’s performance was so worryingly off-key, however, that he’ll have to make some real improvements if he isn’t still carrying pain.
Ryan Christie’s return could help push him, but it shouldn’t need that. With a treble-treble up for grabs in the next two weeks, hopefully Rogic’s Ibrox shocker really is a one-off.
With 38 appearances to his name this season, it’s understandable if fatigue is coming into the equation. Hopefully, the Aussie dusts himself down ahead of a massive two weeks for the club.