Former Celtic striker Scott McDonald believes Tom Rogic could still leave Parkhead this summer, and feels he’s looking to set himself up financially.
Rogic reportedly rejected a potential move to Qatar earlier this week as he continues to struggle to gain regular game-time in Glasgow (Sky Sports).
Behind Ryan Christie in the pecking order, Rogic has struggled to force his way back into the side ever since Neil Lennon came back to the club in February 2019.
But McDonald believes that his initial rejection of a move away may not be the end of the matter. Speaking to the Scottish Sun, former goal-hero McDonald feels that Rogic wants more money if he’s to go to the Middle East.
“For Tom, he’s only going to go to the likes of Qatar if it’s ridiculous money on offer. I can understand why he turned it down and demanded the type of figure he’s asking to go to Qatar, because essentially it’s the end-game in terms of his European career.
“He wants to make sure it’s a move that will set him up financially for the rest of his days, because he’s giving up a lot to go and do it.
“I still think there’s time for this move to happen though, it’s not dead in the water. These Middle East clubs can always come back with a bigger offer, so it’s watch this space.”
Celtic’s decision doesn’t close the door on Rogic
McDonald is right to say that there’s still time of course. Given the money that’s in the Middle East, clubs from countries like Qatar can easily come back with an improved offer for the player. That goes without saying.
But just because Celtic have accepted a bid, it doesn’t mean that Rogic has no future here. If he decides to stay put permanently this summer, he could easily force his way back into this Hoops team.
All it really takes for him is to stay injury-free. That’s Rogic’s biggest challenge. His ability is unquestionable, and if he was to manage to stay away from the treatment table then that quality would eventually shine through.
That could be why the Qatari representatives chose not to break the bank for him. It could go against Rogic if he is indeed looking to be set up financially with his next move.
Regardless, we’re delighted he’s currently looking like staying in Glasgow. Supporters were also buzzing to see him back on the grass along with Leigh Griffiths earlier this week.
If another bid comes in for his services, Celtic will likely give it another good look. But for now, the big Aussie looks set to fight for his place at Parkhead.