Neil Lennon confirms a bid has been accepted for Celtic star Tom Rogic

By David Walton

August 30, 2020

Celtic manager Neil Lennon has confirmed that a bid has been accepted by the club for Tom Rogic.

Rogic, signed by Lennon back in 2013, has been the subject of a potential £4million move to an unnamed club in Qatar (Daily Mail).

This comes after injuries have plagued Rogic’s time in Glasgow ever since Lennon came back to the club back in February 2019. So far, the Aussie has yet to make a single appearance this season, and only managed 22 outings last term (Transfermarkt).

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

And it looks as though Rogic may now have played his last game for the club as Lennon confirmed another club has been given permission to speak to the flair player.

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As quoted by the Daily Record, Lennon said: “Negotiations are ongoing with Tom. We have accepted a bid. He is not fit at the moment, he has a slight ankle problem, but whether he stays or goes… David Turnbull coming in doesn’t affect Tom’s role.”

No future for Rogic in Glasgow

Even if the move to Qatar (if it is indeed Qatar) falls through, Celtic have made their feelings clear on this one. Rogic is up for sale, and that’s bound to attract further interest.

And it will be a shame to see him go after he brought the club so many fine memories. Under Brendan Rodgers in particular, Rogic thrived at Celtic. His last-minute winner to make the club Invincible treble winners back in 2016-17 won’t ever be forgotten.

Big-match goals against the likes of Rangers at Parkhead, Ibrox, and Hampden Park will also live with us forever, as will that last-minute winner at Fir Park during an engrossing 4-3 win against Motherwell.

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

But Rogic’s inevitable departure does create a key concern. The big Aussie was seen as the main back-up to Ryan Christie’s number 10 position. Without Rogic, Lennon will either have to move Callum McGregor forward or trust Olivier Ntcham with the position. The same Ntcham who’s agent has reportedly asked Celtic for his valuation (Glasgow Times).

There is the potential prospect of moving Mohamed Elyounoussi into a more central role if need be, but then you’re left without a single left-winger in the squad.

So when Rogic does leave, it only eats into our lack of squad depth even further. It’ll be interesting to see how Celtic tackle this should this move to Qatar, or wherever it is Rogic looks like he’s headed for, goes ahead.

In other news, new Celtic signing David Turnbull has been tipped to shine by one of his ex-Motherwell teammates.