Tom Rogic made his return to the starting XI this afternoon as Celtic comfortably dispatched Kilmarnock 3-1 at Parkhead.
The Aussie put in a fine shift and will be disappointed he didn’t get on the scoresheet. Rogic managed just under 75 minutes before being taken off for Mohamed Elyounoussi.
The highlight of the game for him will be coming close in the first 15 minutes when he forced Laurentiu Branescu into a fine save. He got into plenty of attacking positions throughout – coming particularly close to connecting with a Leigh Griffiths cut-back too.
Regardless, it was a positive day for the Aussie as he put in a good shift in an attacking midfield position. Reacting to his display today, here’s a look at some of the fan reaction:
Griff and eddy so good together. And Rogic took it to another level today. Great 2nd half performance
— Jamiebhoy (@jambomac6) February 23, 2020
Thought Tom Rogic was full of energy today, nice to see the big man on it
— BigShorty⚡️ (@BigTamShort1) February 23, 2020
I thought jozo and rogic were both brilliant apart from jozo giving away the pen
— Kierso (@KieranDevenny) February 23, 2020
Rogic’s technique of receiving the ball on the move whilst maintaining speed and momentum is up there with the best I’ve seen. Doesn’t matter what way he is facing or which part of the foot he uses 🔥
— Sean (@seansuke25) February 23, 2020
A comfortable win at Celtic Park this afternoon. McGregor outstanding with Rogic looking more the old Tam with each passing game. 12 point lead and a visit of Copenhagen to look forward to on Thursday. Very happy days. 💚⚽️🍀 #CELKIL #CelticFC pic.twitter.com/N6qsU4162F
— Sandy Reid (@Sandybhoyreid) February 23, 2020
Great reaction after going 1 down. That midfield of McGregor Christie and Rogic was quality as expected
— Jinky (@67_reilly) February 23, 2020
Great win for The Champions today.
Rogic and Calmac excellent.
Christie back to his best also.
Things you 💚 to see.
— Shaysda (@shaysda) February 23, 2020
Is Tam in with a shot for Thursday?
As is to be expected, today’s game now opens up plenty of talking points with regards to the team for Thursday night.
Copenhagen visit Parkhead looking to be only the third team to win at Celtic Park this season. However, with the Hoops in control after a 1-1 draw in Denmark, you’ll do well to find someone who doesn’t believe we’re the favourites.
Regardless, Lennon will have to get the team selection right. Rogic did himself no harm today either, and with Ryan Christie suspended for the second leg, it’s fair to ask the question. Rogic has the skill to take Christie’s place if Lennon goes with a 4-2-3-1 formation.
Olivier Ntcham didn’t feature today either of course, and with Griffiths also on the scoresheet, Lennon could also deploy a 3-5-2. That would likely leave Tam out of the team and, at the very least, rooted to the bench come kick-off.
Then again, Rogic’s last league start before today came in December against Ross County. His last start overall came against Partick Thistle at the end of January (Transfermarkt). There’s an argument there for him not playing enough football to be given the jersey on Thursday night.
But what would you do? Has Rogic done enough to get into the team for Copenhagen’s visit? Should our system open up a place for him? Let us know your thoughts in the discussion forum below.