Pat Bonner left concerned with Tom Rogic's Celtic form after Easter Road struggles

By David Walton

February 27, 2022

Pat Bonner has called out Tom Rogic after his woeful Celtic form continued for the Hoops at Easter Road this afternoon.

Rogic was given another start today in the 0-0 stalemate despite the fact he started and was poor against Bodo/Glimt in midweek. Rogic hasn’t put in a standout display for the Hoops since his first game back from international duty at the start of the month vs Motherwell.

Despite being a regular in Ange Postecoglou’s starting XI both domestically and in Europe, Tom just hasn’t found the levels we know he’s capable of. And after being hooked before the hour mark at Easter Road today in another unproductive display, there are now real concerns over his decline in performance levels.

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Bonner was quick to notice it post-match too. As he was discussing why Celtic didn’t get Daizen Maeda into the game enough, he highlighted Rogic’s poor form in his analysis.

Speaking via BBC Sportsound [27/02, 14:03], Bonner said: “Daizen Maeda will run but somebody has to feed the ball to him. That didn’t happen today. Tom Rogic has not been the same player since going out to Australia in January time. I think he’s gone away, it’s a helluva trip out there, and it takes it out of you.

“He’s come back and he didn’t play, then he’s come on and he’s just lost his edge. Today the pitch didn’t help him, there’s no doubt about that. From that perspective, McGregor was their key player. Hatate didn’t really play today, he struggled on the pitch also with balls going away from him.

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“But there was just a lack of someone taking a grip of the game and going for it.”

Pat Bonner spot on; Tom Rogic needs to find the answers to Celtic form

Ange sees Tom as one of his favourites. That much is clear. It feels as though, irrespective of his form, there are always opportunities in the starting XI for him if fit.

That’s fine. You can understand just why Ange will want to back his countryman. After all, when he’s on his game he’s the best creative influence in Scottish football. However, today, we saw a shadow of that player and it’s been the same throughout the entire month of February.

If that extends into March, given how reliant Celtic are on their attacking midfielders, we will be sitting 2nd in the table come the next Glasgow derby in April. That’s how serious this is for the football club. Rogic is huge for Ange and his style of play.

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If Rogic was on form, we would probably be seeing a lot more from Maeda. He’s reliant on the midfielders feeling him service in behind the centre-backs. But Rogic had both the lowest amount of passes and passing accuracy in the side this afternoon, outside of Maeda himself [WhoScored].

This has been going on for too long now. One or two games out of sorts is always going to happen. But Rogic hasn’t performed in any of his last 4 outings for us. He was woefully poor against Bodo/Glimt in the Europe Conference League too.

We need this to end and soon. Hopefully, Ange and Tom can get to the bottom of it before Wednesday night’s home match against St Mirren.

In other news, Ange Postecoglou on what he’ll tell his Celtic players after Hibernian stalemate