Tom Rogic could be part of Australian football history next summer. The Celtic number 18 is likely to be heading to the Copa America where the Socceroos have been invited to play for the very first time. (The Guardian)
The 2020 edition of the tournament will see ten South American teams joined by two from Asia for the month long event taking place in Argentina and Colombia. The Aussies will be joined by 2022 FIFA World Cup hosts Qatar in the event.
It means that Rogic will no longer have a summer of relaxing on the beach to look forward to. He will instead get to pit his wits against the likes of Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar.
The Copa America is also taking place this summer in Brazil, where Japan and Qatar are the invited sides.
Heat is on
It’s a big season for Celtic’s mercurial talent. Rogic had a poor year by his standards in 2018/2019, netting just five goals. His overall contribution was much diminished from previous years too.
The Aussie had a hectic schedule after playing in the World Cup last summer as well as the Asian Cup in January. He was also dragged back between both events to play four friendlies. That can’t be easy on any body, never mind a guy who has never really looked the fittest.
Rogic must look to put Celtic first and foremost this summer and recapture the form that made him one of our top players in recent seasons. The 26-year-old provides a link between midfield and attack that no other man does in our squad.
He has a fair bit of competition next season though. The likely capture of David Turnbull along with the emergence of Ewan Henderson means he must be on his toes. A good pre-season is key for Rogic. And a fully firing Tom Rogic is key for Celtic.