Tom Rogic is one of many Australian stars being urged to ditch Europe to head home and help the Aussie’s next generation of talent.
Rogic has seen his role at Celtic become less and less important as injuries and competition have seen him drop down the pecking order over the last several years.
This has led to Tam playing a more bit-part role this season. Even so, he remains firmly in Neil Lennon’s plans having played his part in each of the last seven league games.
But former Australia international Robbie Slater believes it’s time for Rogic and co to head back home and reignite their careers with more regular game-time.
As quoted by FTBL, Slater said: “If they don’t find anything over there eventually they’re going to have to come home.
“You’ve got Mat Ryan playing at Brighton and that’s the only one. It’s a problem that has been coming for a long time and it’s all to do with young players needing games.
“Young players have had nowhere to play in this country for a decade. We’re seeing the results of that now with the lack of players coming through to be Socceroos or play in European leagues because that’s what we need, and the ones that are there are struggling at the moment.”
Rogic’s chance to leave has come and gone
It looked as though Rogic was heading off to Qatar in the summer in what would’ve been a bad move for the club. Thankfully, a deal didn’t go through and the mercurial Aussie remained in Glasgow.
You could define Rogic as a luxury player these days, but he’s still capable of making a tremendous impact at Celtic. He showed that in recent games against Aberdeen and Motherwell whilst he bagged a superb effort at the San Siro.
At 27, it still feels a bit too early for Rogic to call it quits in Europe and head back home. He still has another few years operating at Parkhead or indeed elsewhere in Europe. Going back to the A-League at the moment would just feel like a waste.
Of course, Tam isn’t the only one Slater was talking about here either. You also have the likes of Jackson Irvine, the former Celtic youth who still hasn’t managed to find a club since leaving Hull City in the summer.
But at the same time, look at Scott McDonald. He managed to bag regular game-time with the likes of Motherwell and Dundee United before he decided to head home. The opportunities are there for Aussie players in Europe to play consistently at a certain level if they want to. It’s all about finding the right clubs.
Rogic, for now, is exactly where he should be – at Celtic Park and in Lennon’s thoughts.