Tom Rogic already appears ready to relaunch his Celtic career, and the appointment of Ange Postecoglou will be an even greater boost for him.
Rogic has faded badly this season under Neil Lennon and John Kennedy. It’s no disgrace given you could put a host of Celtic players into that bracket. Everyone has underperformed, with every individual’s stock declining badly last term.
Granted, Tom did manage 31 outings last season. However, only 14 of those appearances came in the starting XI. He would only score two goals and secure five assists during the 2020/21 campaign too [Transfermarkt].
In the past, injury problems have halted Rogic’s progress at Celtic Park. It hasn’t stopped him from becoming a cult hero, but it’s clearly held him back from time to time. The same couldn’t be said this season. He’s been fit and available for the most part, but just hasn’t impressed.
In the past, I’ve stated that so long as an offer similar to the £5m interest from Qatar last year pops up, Rogic should be let go. But it looks as though the man himself is doing anything but readying himself for a Parkhead exit.
Tom Rogic Australia snub shows commitment to his Celtic career
A couple of weeks ago, he chose not to link up with his national team. The reason? He wanted to make sure he was fit and firing for Celtic’s Champions League qualifiers that begin at the end of next month.
Australia manager Graham Arnold said the following as quoted by FTBL: “Tom Rogic has a minor ankle injury to deal with and the only time he can get properly fit is now. He’s hoping to use the close season to prepare for Celtic’s European games. It won’t be held against him in future.”
This is a much more promising sign than it got attention for. In the past, Rogic has had to miss key matches for the club due to international commitments. Not least when he went with the Socceroos to prepare for the Asia Cup and missed a Glasgow Derby match in 2018.
This is a move that will likely be appreciated new Celtic manager Postecoglou. Between 2015 and 2017, the former Australia national team boss put plenty of faith in Rogic to be his main number 10. Granted, this was at a stage when his form for Celtic was electric and he appeared undroppable.
The connection between the pair could be a massive boost for the Wizard of Oz however. Postecoglou will know all about the quality Rogic has. He’ll understand what can be gotten out of him if he clicks. Combine that with his desire to push himself for the UCL, and Rogic’s Celtic career all of a sudden looks to have some life in it yet.
It’s a big year for Rogic too. With his contract due to expire in the summer of 2023, impressing this term is essential if he wants a new contract. As of yet, Rogic has yet to reveal what his plans are after his current deal. But there may yet be another big season to come from him after developments over the last couple of weeks.