Former Celtic midfielder Jackson Irvine has talked up the importance of the Parkhead’s side’s 10-in-a-row bid as well as touching on Tom Rogic’s long-term future.
Irvine, currently without a club, has been speaking to Australian media outfit The World Game. The Aussie international spent five years at Celtic between 2010 and 2015, but never broke into the first-team consistently.
However, he’s still been watching on as the Hoops stormed to titles number five, six, seven, eight, and nine in his absence. Yet disappointingly, he’ll have noticed the fading impact as seasons have gone on from countryman Rogic.
And Irvine has discussed what the Wizard of Oz’s long-term future could hold as well as stressing the importance of Celtic’s 10 bid.
“Whatever Tom does, for sure he’ll be closely considering everything, every factor. I haven’t spoken to him lately and I don’t know so much about his situation. People will say things about what he should and shouldn’t do. But Tom’s an amazing player and a top professional and I’m sure whatever decision he makes will be very measured.
“Celtic are going for 10 in a row and people outside Scotland probably don’t understand what that means. But people who’ve played in Scotland and the fans there know what’s at stake. Who knows when something like that will happen again? Tom’s been a big part of things there (in recent years).
“If he stays – amazing. Whatever else happens I’m sure he’ll have considered all the options before he makes that call. He’ll do what’s best for himself, I’m sure.”
The opportunity is there for Rogic if he can stay fit
Rogic has always had long-term injury problems that just haven’t gone away. So much so that he misses out many games on plastic surfaces nowadays. However, if he could stay injury-free this season, it looks as though the opportunities will be there for him.
Ryan Christie is Celtic’s out and out number 10 at the moment. He scored his first goal of the season on Sunday against Kilmarnock and nearly set up another with a brilliant cross for James Forrest. However, he wasn’t at his best overall, and could do with some consistent competition.
Rogic, however, hasn’t been a constant in the Celtic side for a long time. Last season, the Australian only played 22 of a possible 53 matches. That was down to a combination of both being injured as well as simply not being brought on from the bench (Transfermarkt).
The Aussie has always needed a good strong run of games before his mark on Celtic teams in the past has truly been felt. However, in order for that to happen, we need him to be fully fit. He made the bench against Hamilton on opening day, but has seldom been seen in any of our fixtures including pre-season outings so far.
But with no real direct replacement for Christie elsewhere, Rogic has an opening if his body allows him to take it.
In other news, SPFL chiefs are looking to confirm new regulations today after Celtic’s Bolingoli saga.