Tom Rogic thrived for Celtic against Falkirk, but consistency is still his main foe

By David Walton

April 4, 2021

Last night was a lovely game for Tom Rogic as he played a key role in Celtic dispatching Falkirk.

Yes, the 3-0 win was as routing as we could’ve hoped for. Perhaps it took a touch longer than we would’ve liked to get the goals, but the difference in class was never in doubt. Celtic peppered the League One side’s goal for 90 minutes, and on another night, could’ve won by five or six at least.

Regardless, all that mattered was Scottish Cup progression. Celtic will be in the draw for the fourth round this afternoon after seeing off Lee Miller’s minnows. But the match was more than just a chance to progress in the cup for some.

Take Rogic for example. A man who’s had a torrid individual campaign. Despite looking like one of the players who was going to be essential to our 10-in-a-row push, Rogic has bitterly disappointed. With only two goals and five assists in 29 appearances, he hasn’t shown anything like his best [Transfermarkt].

So much so that, despite the fact this should be his peak years, it’s felt as if he’s been regressing over the last two at least. This season, consistency has been Rogic’s main foe. He’ll shine one week and then fail to turn up for the next three or four. Last night was his one week.

Rogic was a cut above anything Falkirk had on the pitch. He continuously found swathes of room in the final third and strode towards the edge of the box throughout the evening.

Tom Rogic did his job; but only consistency will save his Celtic career

He would end up with one assist on the night as he provided for James Forrest’s opener. But Tam could’ve had a couple of his own and also managed to deliver some impressive final balls that also should’ve seen him bag more assists. It was no surprise he looked delighted when he came off – his job was done and he knew he impressed.

If Eddie Howe is going to come in over the next week, Rogic had every right to be buzzing. He’s just shown his potential new manager, who would’ve undoubtedly been watching, that he can be a key figure. That he has something special about him that just needs to be unlocked on a weekly basis and not a monthly one.

Falkirk, of course, offered no resistance. We’re not blind to that. They couldn’t get near the likes of Rogic and David Turnbull. Nor should they given the vast difference in quality. But Rogic’s main problem has never been turning it on for the odd game against lesser opposition at Celtic Park.

Tom Rogic was just too good for Falkirk last night (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

The big challenge for him is thriving again when Livingston come to Parkhead next Saturday. And then performing again in the fourth round of the Scottish Cup before being the main man in Aberdeen in what will be a mouth-watering tie.

When he can start producing at that level of consistency once again, we’ll have some player on our hands. But even if last night was indeed a one-off, it was fun to see Rogic a cut above the rest once again.

Below, we take a look at what the supporters said about big Tam’s performance. It’s fair to say they were impressed:

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