International manager raves about "special" Celtic star Tom Rogic

By Euan Davidson

December 23, 2021

Australia manager Graham Arnold has raved about Celtic star Tom Rogic, giving a clear indication that he wants the Bhoys midfielder in his next Socceroo squads.

Rogic has an impressive 51 caps for Australia, and Arnold has beamed about the Celtic man’s improved form in 21-22. The Wizard of Oz has been pivotal in recent games, setting up winners for Anthony Ralston against Ross County, and Kyogo against Hibernian. The latter helped his former Australia manager Ange Postecoglou win the first available piece of silverware at Celtic.

A fan favourite, it did look as if Rogic was on borrowed time at Celtic last season. But he’s dug in, and found the inspired form we know and love him for.

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It’s not just us, either. Arnold said [FTBL]: “You’ve seen him at the forefront for Celtic in recent weeks. When he’s in this type of form he can be unplayable at times.

“The thing with Tommy is he can beat players with his tight control and has the strength to hold off challenges and the technique to score wonder goals. By the same token he can just as easily lay it on a plate for a teammate to finish.

“He’s matured into one of Celtic’s leaders over the years and you can see the level of confidence he has in every move he makes. To have him available again will be a big boost for us because when you’re without a special player it usually shows, in one way or another.

“He’s always looking to make things happen with a change of pace, a strike on goal or a killer pass – and that’s very tough to defend against.”

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Tom Rogic being recognised from Glasgow to Australia for his excellent form

We love Tom Rogic here. He’s such a cultured, classy footballer. Especially at vital moments, when he sees passes or running channels others don’t.

It seemed sad, then, to think Rogic’s time with Celtic was up last year. For sure, it looked as if Celtic were going to start essentially from scratch in the summer. Whether Rogic would’ve stayed at Celtic under a different manager than Ange Postecoglou, we’ll never truly know.

But it’s a very clear sign that, for all this praise, Celtic fans will actually lose out. Australia have games after our winter break, against Vietnam on the 27th of January, and Oman on the 1st of February. That’d definitely rule him out of the Glasgow Derby on the 2nd.

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That’d be a blow, considering his immense performances for Celtic this season. And it doesn’t sound like there’s any chance Graham Arnold won’t pick him, given his glowing praise for Australian international. Rogic missed the last international break, and Australia laboured in his absence.

So, potential blow there, looking at this incredibly myopically.

It’s hard to be too annoyed, though. Rogic has turned things around this season, and he’s starring for both club and country. That’s great to see.

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