Celtic superstar Tom Rogic put in his best performance since his return from injury today.
The Aussie came on over half an hour into the first half of the game between Aberdeen and the Hoops. Celtic saw off the Dons 3-0 at Hampden in today’s Scottish Cup semi-final clash. To say he was at the heart of it would be an understatement.
Ryan Christie coming off with what looked like a nasty head knock remains a big concern. Hopefully, when Neil Lennon provides us with an update, it will be a positive one.
But there’s no denying the mark his replacement made in Rogic.
He may have made his return against Rangers on March 31st. He may also have played in the recent 0-0 home draw against Livingston too. But today was the day that truly marked Rogic’s return.
That’s not only down to his stunning goal either. That was just the icing on the cake of a truly confidence-boosting display from him.
The only downside Rogic showed was that his first-touch could still do with some sharpening up. But, in saying that, some of the passes received from the likes of Mikael Lustig weren’t great.
The link-up play is back
Today, however, we saw that link-up play we all know Rogic for. His passing and movement with James Forrest was a huge part in forcing Aberdeen to capitulate in the second half.
Rogic’s footwork today was a huge boost. It was also a noticeable improvement from the recent games against Rangers and Livingston respectively. And whilst his goal was just vintage Rogic, it was a moment he certainly needed and deserved to get the confidence flowing again.
He was always looking to drive forward and take control this afternoon. Aberdeen, as is the norm, couldn’t deal with the skill and technique the Aussie possesses. And that shows that he’s getting his fitness levels back up to his normal standard.
What a time this is for Celtic to start seeing the best of Rogic once more. Sure, he still has more to give, and he’ll be thankful he didn’t injure himself from that shocking Lewis Ferguson challenge in the second-half.
But having him close to full-fitness ahead of the run-in is extremely timely. A terrific display today from the Wizard of Oz in a match where we needed him most.