Ex Australia no.2 explains the incredible resurgence of Celtic man Tom Rogic

By Euan Davidson

January 3, 2022

Tom Rogic is perfect for Ange Postecoglou and Celtic, and it’s the manager’s mentality that’s bringing out the best in him, according to a former Australia assistant boss.

Peter Cklamovski, who gave his take on a number of Hoops signings, explained his thoughts around Rogic, who’s enjoyed a brilliant half-season under ex Socceroos boss Postecoglou. Cklamovski worked, of course, with the Australia national team. Rogic was very much part of the picture then, and remains so under Graham Arnold.

The attacking midfielder has shone alongside David Turnbull, in a system with two number 10s. Not only that, previous fitness concerns around Rogic seem to have disappeared. In seasons past, getting more than an hour out of Rogic seemed a near-impossibility.

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However, the Australian, with over 50 caps, has been ever-present under Postecoglou. He has 8 assists and 3 goals for the Bhoys this season already [Transfermarkt].

Cklamovski reckons he’s got a handle on why the Wizard of Oz has been so important this season. He told The Times: “The football that Ange is creating at Celtic suits Tommy down to the ground.

“He’s really got his legs going, got consistency in his match minutes before that recent little [hamstring] niggle. The football that Ange believes in, and creates, suits Tommy down to the ground. You get to see the best of Tommy within that. Long may it continue, because he’s a hell of a player, a super player for Celtic, and hopefully he’s got more to come.

“Credit to Ange and the coaching team and everyone at the club. The mentality they are bringing to training every day is putting Tommy in a position where he can back that up on the pitch.”

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Tom Rogic has been integral for Celtic this season

Perhaps Tom Rogic hasn’t got enough praise this season. It’s said a lot, but last campaign, he wasn’t exactly trusted by Neil Lennon.

That seemed odd, but Rogic just couldn’t really stay fit. Even under Brendan Rodgers, Rogic seemed to have real stamina and fitness problems; someone who could provide flurries of creativity, but not an enduring impact.

Yet, even as he’s got older, the Socceroo international has proven he doesn’t need taken off early in matches.

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The irony of Cklamovski’s comments, of course, is that more is being demanded of Rogic. Yet, even with higher intensity, he has been mightily impressive. When we’ve missed him, it’s shown. In his 29 games this season, he’s often had a telling impact.

In games against Dundee United and Motherwell, for example, he showed his unique individual ability. His interventions have often come at crucial points, and there’s no doubt Postecoglou trusts him entirely.

The manager has created an environment for Rogic to thrive in. Now, he’s the talk of Celtic fans once more, and it’s brilliant to see. Players with his technique and skillset don’t come along too often.

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