New Celtic boss Ange Postecoglou addresses the big Tom Rogic question with detailed answer

By John McGinley

June 25, 2021

Ange Postecoglou was asked about his relationship with Tom Rogic and whether there’s hope of his career at Celtic being revitalised today.

67 Hail Hail were in attendance earlier to meet both Postecoglou and new CEO Dom McKay at the stadium.

You can watch most of the questions and answers on our YouTube channel or in the embed below.

We’ve already gone into what we asked the new manager on the site earlier.

However, many more thoughtful questions were put forward by those in attendance that brought to light a lot of interesting chat and information.

One of those came from Celtic Fans TV, who asked Postecoglou about his relationship with Rogic and whether or not his Celtic career can be turned around.

Postecoglou told us: “Obviously I know Tommy very well. I had him in the national team when I was manager. He’s an extremely talented player. He’s one of those players people are happy to pay to watch because he can turn ordinary moments into something special.

“My understanding is that he’s had some problems, particularly with his body, over the last period. I think that’s probably been his biggest challenge, even when I had him in the national team, consistently trying to get him to a certain level from his body point of view.

“I haven’t had a good chat with him yet, so I’ll certainly be doing that with him and the rest of the players. Does he fit into the style of football I want to play? Absolutely.”

Postecoglou won’t be playing favourites with Rogic at Celtic

The new Celtic boss continued: “Tommy knows me better than anyone in that dressing room right now. He knows I treat everyone the same. I set us off in a certain direction and the ones who want to be part of it are part of it. The ones who maybe can’t be or don’t want to be will fall by the wayside.

“But he’s certainly someone I’m looking forward to working with again. I’m hoping we can get him fit and playing the football I know he’s shown here at different times. I know he can show it in my style of football because he’s already done it with the national team.”

Tom Rogic in action for Celtic last season / (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

Promising, and realistic, comments there then.

Postecoglou isn’t guaranteeing anything with regards to Rogic, nor should he. Just like the rest of the squad, our Aussie attacking midfielder has plenty to prove to the coaching staff and the supporters.

However, Rogic will be given a fair shake, that much is clear. The 55-year-old is obviously a huge admirer of his talents too.

So there’s hope there we can see the Rogic we know and love. Fingers crossed he can prove himself over the coming weeks and months. If not, he’ll be out the door just like any other stragglers.

In other news, new Celtic CEO Dom McKay confirms Peter Lawwell will continue in key European role.