Graham Arnold beams as Celtic star Tom Rogic called up for Australia; will miss key games
Celtic playmaker Tom Rogic has been called up by Australia boss Graham Arnold for the next round of Socceroos fixtures.
The 23-man squad was announced this morning (GMT), with Rogic featuring prominently in Arnold’s selection [Socceroos]. This week, Arnold suggested that the Celtic talent would be joining his squad, insisting he needed his “best players” for games against Vietnam and Oman.
Rogic most certainly fits into that category. However, for Celtic fans, it means Rogic will miss games against Hearts, Dundee United and – of course – Rangers.
Arnold was delighted about being able to call up Rogic. Oddly, he alluded to a more settled personal life in comments following the squad announcement. He said [News AU]: “He’s been doing fantastic with Celtic and he’s very happy in her personal life, and happy overall.
“One of the tricks of being a great professional athlete or footballer is getting both lives, professional and personal, together.
“Tommy’s in great shape, he’s playing exceptionally well and I do expect he’ll bring that form and that flair with us into camp when he arrives.”
There are other familiar names for Celtic fans. Players who have been linked with Celtic in the Australia squad include Riley McGree, Martin Boyle and Mat Ryan. Former Celt Jackson Irvine is there, while Ryan McGowan, who spoke to 67 Hail Hail at length recently, is in the squad, too.
No violins for Celtic or Ange; it was expected that Graham Arnold would call up Tom Rogic for his Australia squad
This was inevitable. Especially when Tom Rogic is – arguably – playing the most consistent football of his Celtic career, this season.
If Tom Rogic is available to you, you take him. Graham Arnold, Australia boss, is just confirming what we thought would be the case anyway. With his recent form, and the fitness improvements he’s shown, he’s a bona fide no-brainer for Graham Arnold and Australia.
The timing, though, is frustrating. Celtic will have to rely on new recruits and hope for injury returns soon. David Turnbull is likely to still be out for weeks, while Reo Hatate may also be called up for Japan.
Matt O’Riley could have a really important role to play, essentially from the off, for Celtic. In excellent form himself, the former MK Dons man could be crucial for the Hoops over the next few weeks.
Ange Postecoglou was well-prepared for this eventuality, though. If anyone knows about the Socceroos selection processes, and the commitments that have to be made, well it’s obviously a former Australia manager. He’ll want no violins playing for him and his team.
It’s an annoyance. However, it’s one that’s caused by quality and excellent form.