Tom Rogic’s season was perhaps his most disappointing yet since breaking into the squad back in 2015.
The Aussie’s stats speak for themselves. Yes, Rogic managed 35 appearances this season for Celtic, but he notched just five goals and six assists in all competitions. Whilst it’s not that far off from his eight goals and nine assists the season before, there was something missing from our Wizard of Oz this year.
The season started well enough. Rogic played in 13 of Celtic’s first 15 league matches, and featured in the Champions League qualifiers against Rosenborg and AEK Athens respectively. He notched several goals and assists, with a dazzling display in the 6-0 rout at St Johnstone a particular highlight.
But at a crucial point in the campaign after helping the Hoops reach the Europa League last-32, Rogic went to the Asia Cup with Australia.
He missed a crucial match at Ibrox where we missed him dearly in a 1-0 loss. Upon returning, he then suffered a knee injury that kept him out of action for 12 matches, including two vital Scottish Cup clashes. Rogic needed surgery, and it effectively robbed him of a productive end to the campaign.
Our Aussie wizard came back against Rangers on March 31st, but struggled immensely. He needed several touches on the ball, had next to no energy, and was often wasteful in possession. He was so much removed from the player supporters had grown to love.
Lennon put some faith in Rogic
Lennon continued to persist with him, as many of us would. He started four of the final six games of the season, but again offered very little, and was quiet in the Scottish Cup final against Hearts too.
It was just an incredibly quiet season from Rogic. It’s not something we’ve become accustomed to from him, although he can blame injury for a shocking second-half of the campaign.
He now faces a real fight on his hands too. With Ryan Christie also available to take his position, there can be no room for lackadaisical performances next season. Christie has just had his big breakthrough at Celtic, and he’ll be doing his best to command a place in Neil Lennon’s XI for the start of next season.
It will also be interesting to see what the relationship is like between Lennon and Rogic too. After all, it may have been forgotten by some, but Lennon actually brought Rogic to Parkhead back in 2013. He’ll know what Rogic is capable of, and can hopefully get a tune out of him again.
Rogic owes the club next season. A strong pre-season training camp will hopefully do him the world of good. He certainly needs some sort of energy boost.