The Celtic man who is primed to step up in Tom Rogic's absence

By Lewis Laird

June 15, 2022

The departure of Celtic midfielder Tom Rogic was an emotional one for supporters for many reasons.

The 28-year-old’s nine-year stint had its up and downs at times. However, there were many memorable moments that will remain with Celtic fans forever.

Despite all the brilliance Rogic produced, this season felt like the right time for the Australian internationalist to move on, having brought the title back to its rightful home.

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Going out on a high, the technically gifted midfielder can now move on with all the best wishes of the Celtic support.

But, the one question that was quickly on the minds of fans was, who is going to be the man to replace Tom Rogic next season?

Celtic boss Ange Postecoglou has already admitted he will be in the market for another midfielder, with fellow long-serving Hoops midfielder Nir Bitton also departing.

So, the 56-year-old may turn to the market in an attempt to find another player to fill his void.

Some would also suggest that Matt O’Riley is the replacement for Tom Rogic. That is a fair shout with the similarities of both players in terms of poise and playing style.

However, I think another man could be the one to step up in Rogic’s place alongside O’Riley or Reo Hatate in the midfield.

David Turnbull.

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David Turnbull – the forgotten option who could be primed to replace Rogic

Looking back at last season, it is easy to forget how significant an impact David Turnbull had on Postecoglou’s side.

The former Motherwell man was relied upon in the first half of the campaign, playing alongside Rogic and Callum McGregor as the Celtic manager continued to build his foundations for the side.

Turnbull was clearly trusted by Postecoglou, playing in every competitive fixture up until the 19th of December, when he picked up a serious hamstring injury.

The midfielder contributed in some of the biggest games of the season, scoring ten goals and assisting a further eight.

In all competitions, that assists tally was only topped by four of his teammates – Jota (14), Liel Abada (11), Tom Rogic (10), and Anthony Ralston (9) – which is an impressive stat considering Turnbull missed around three months of action.

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Over his two full seasons with the club, the midfielder has put up consistent numbers, despite missing chunks of both campaigns due to injuries and not being in the team.

I am sure that sounds familiar to another certain midfielder, who put that trend behind him this year.

Let’s not forget, Turnbull is also capable of the game-defining long-range stunner that made the Australian such an impact player over the years. That could see up take up Rogic’s mantle of producing the spectacular at critical times.

Whilst Postecoglou will be looking to add to his midfield options, it doesn’t necessarily mean it will be as a Rogic replacement as he may already see that in David Turnbull.

In other news, Confirmed: Former Celtic hero Fraser Forster joins Spurs.