Five times the Celtic support fell in love with Tom Rogic

By Hamish Carton

August 20, 2020

Another one of Celtic’s ‘Invincibles’ looks set to leave the club in the coming days, as Tom Rogic closes in on a move to Qatar.

A Daily Mail report from Wednesday suggested that the Aussie playmaker would be switching Glasgow for an unnamed Qatari club.

Rogic has struggled to get into Neil Lennon’s plans and hasn’t featured in a competitive match since early March.

He’s a much diminished character from his peak at Celtic. But he’s given us some amazing memories over the years.

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Tom Rogic celebrates with Mikael Lustig / (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Last minute winner against Kilmarnock

You may notice a theme in this article. Tom Rogic and last minute winners go hand in hand.

This cracker against Kilmarnock, in March 2016, is arguably Rogic’s most aesthetically pleasing strike.

In second half stoppage time, he received the ball from Callum McGregor, turned the Kilmarnock defender and then thumped the ball into the net.

It was a goal that pretty much took us over the line towards five in-a-row.

Amazing comeback at Motherwell

Fast forward six months or so and the Aussie was firing in an even later winner at Fir Park.

Brendan Rodgers’ Celtic had trailed 2-0 and 3-2 against Motherwell before coming back to win it at the death through Rogic’s strike.

Anyone who was in Lanarkshire that day won’t forget it in a hurry.

On the deck at Hampden

Rogic scored a few crackers against Rangers. Many will fondly remember his brilliantly worked goal in our 4-0 Hampden victory in 2018.

Rogic received the ball just outside the 18 yard box, bamboozling the hapless Ross McCrorie before sliding the ball into the net with his right foot.

Rogic on the floor at Hampden / (Photo by Lynne Cameron/Getty Images)

He ended up on the floor in celebration before being joined by lots of his adoring Celtic team-mates.

This was Rogic at the peak of his powers in a Celtic shirt.

Silencing Ibrox

It’s peculiar that virtually all of Rogic’s major moments came away from Celtic Park.

Perhaps that’s just an anomaly, or something with some substance.

Anyway, this curled finish in the infamous 3-2 Edouard derby is up there in terms of his finest moments.

Rogic quietens down Ibrox / (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Again, he was at his very best as he strode away from the Rangers midfield and curled past Wes Foderingham to silence Ibrox.

Only Edouard bettered him that day.

Clinching the treble

But the previous moments pale into insignificance when compared to Saturday 27th May 2016 and Rogic’s finest moment in the Hoops.

Again, his pace and dribbling ability were showcased as he sped past tired Aberdeen legs before slicing the ball into the net with his right foot.

The goal is arguably the greatest in our club’s history since Tony Watt against Barcelona – and many may actually have it even higher than that.

Rogic’s crowning moment at Celtic Park / (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

It was a remarkable moment that we will all remember till the day we die.

Rogic could have left Celtic that very evening and still been a legend.

The fact he leaves more than four years down the line changes little.

In other news, Celtic fans have been reacting after the club added another iconic retro jersey to the official shop.


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