Rival support should be careful what they wish for over Celtic star Tom Rogic

By Euan Davidson

March 24, 2022

In record time, news of Tom Rogic’s injury and potential absence for Celtic against Rangers is being portrayed as a “boost”.

A cursory search on Google (other search engines are available) will suggest that Rogic’s absence is a bonus for Rangers manager Giovanni van Bronckhorst. That without a key man from this season, Celtic will be weaker against Rangers at Ibrox.

Yes, fine. Tom Rogic has had a very, very good season. He’s shaken off the myth about his fitness, he’s played some of his best football, and he’s regularly contributing. 5 goals and 10 assist is just the tip of the iceberg [Transfermarkt].

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We are big, big fans of Tomas Petar Rogic here. He’s shone in Glasgow Derbies, and he will again. However, framing his likely absence as the factor to swing the balance back towards Rangers? How short are our collective memories, here?

Let’s retread our steps. The last time Celtic played Rangers, Tom Rogic didn’t play. Nonetheless, the Hoops absolutely dominated the midfield, created chances at will, and looked impossibly fluid given how new Hatate and O’Riley were. We won the game 3-0. Hatate scored twice.

This isn’t a team based around individuals any more. If it was last season and Elyounoussi or Edouard was injured, that’d have been fair enough. What Ange has built, though, is a squad that can adapt to change at a moment’s notice.

It’s been barely over a month, and folk are already forgetting that?

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A Celtic without Tom Rogic is no less deadly; Rangers beware

All season, we’ve been told that without such and such player, Celtic will be useless.

Kyogo Furuhashi got injured on international duty; Celtic wouldn’t score goals. Without Turnbull, we were one-dimensional. When Jota got injured, we’d lose all of our wing threat. So on, and so forth.

The last time Celtic played Rangers, it was without Kyogo, Turnbull or Rogic. Again, we won 3-0. And it wasn’t just the manner of the display either. As pivotal as Tom Rogic can be, when Celtic beat Rangers, the fluidity in the midfield was absolutely sensational. Matt O’Riley was outstanding, as was Hatate, of course.

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People just aren’t learning. We don’t rely on individuals.

Celtic have endured injury crisis after injury crisis and still found ways to win. Provided Tom Rogic doesn’t make it back for Ibrox, it’s not that it doesn’t matter, but there are a plethora of options available.

This is called squad management. That people continually forget about it is utterly baffling.

Don’t get us wrong, again; we love Tom Rogic. But this is a team that doesn’t look to one star player to get results. That’s absolutely the way it should be.

Wishing Tom Rogic away is barking up the wrong tree. It’s the rest of our squad Rangers still have to worry about.

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