Tom Rogic's brilliant Celtic fitness admission ahead of Glasgow derby

By David Walton

April 28, 2022

Tom Rogic has admitted that physically he’s feeling as good now as he has done “in a long time” ahead of this weekend’s clash with Rangers.

Rogic has had a fine season under countryman Ange Postecoglou. He’s featured 46 times for the Hoops and has clocked up 6 goals and 10 assists [Transfermarkt].

However, just as important is how many minutes he’s been clocking up without injury. Rogic has played the full 90 on 11 occasions this season. Yet outside of a slight hamstring blow in October, he’s been injury-free for the entirety of the season.

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And after being nominated as a potential Player of the Year candidate at the PFA Scotland awards, Rogic has stated that he hasn’t felt as good fitness-wise in a long-time.

As quoted by the Scottish Sun, Rogic said: “Right now I’m enjoying myself. I’m feeling good and I’m happy. There’s not too much more to say. Is there more in my locker? Potentially. In football these days you see players peaking later and playing longer, so who knows?

“Did I feel that my best years were behind me? Not really. I can’t control what people are thinking on the outside. I’m a pretty relaxed guy and that wasn’t on my mind at all. Football works in funny ways. I think people get too high when things are going well and then they get carried away when it’s not going so good.

“I have enjoyed the season thoroughly. In spells I’ve probably played some of my best football and, physically, it’s probably the best I have felt for a long time. It’s just been nice to be out on the pitch every week and enjoying football with a smile on my face again.”

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It’s great to see that Rogic hasn’t been drained by the season or by the constant minutes given to him by the manager. He appears to be one of the first names on the teamsheet for big games these days, and that says a lot about the trust he’s earned from Postecoglou.

Over the years we’ve known Tom to be injury-prone. Either that or he’s been a player that hasn’t been able to feature for over 60 minutes in a game. These are genuine concerns that have plagued his Celtic career at times.

However, there’s been none of that this season under Ange. He’s managed to build up some momentum and now looks to be having one of the best spells of his Celtic career.

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Granted, Tom’s goals and assist totals have been greater in the past. But he’s playing a major role for Celtic when it comes to our all-round build-up play. He’s moving quickly, looks sharp, and is still getting into those goalscoring positions when necessary.

We saw just how valuable a player he is for us in the last league derby at Ibrox. He’ll be hoping for something similar this weekend at Parkhead as we look to move 9 points clear at the top heading into the final 3 matches.

And these comments only fill you with confidence that he could be the one to make the difference.

In other news, Ricky Foster’s laughable Celtic and Ange MOTY contradiction