Is Rejuvenated Rogic the Spark Celtic Need?
As we go into the international break on the back of a 4-1 win over Motherwell, it’s not only a good time to evaluate and reflect on the recent run of results, but to also highlight the positives. One massive positive is that there’s plenty of life left in Tom yet!
It was almost certain that Rogic was set for a departure to Qatar during the summer window, a fee was agreed between the clubs and it was then left for the player to agree personal terms. In the final days of the window the deal collapsed. It has since come to light that Rogic felt he still had more to give on the European stage.
Early this season he struggled to make it onto the team sheet - never mind the starting lineup. But after a couple of appearances off the bench, he really made his presence felt again in his first league start against Aberdeen at Pittodrie. Although we gave up a late lead to draw 3-3, the big takeaway was that Rogic showed that he still has it, producing two assists, one for McGregor and then Griffiths to help the team come from behind twice.
Following this, Rogic has continued his good form with two more assists in the Scottish Cup Semi Final which took us to a 2-0 win over Aberdeen and secured our place in the Final for the chance to complete the Quadruple Treble. The Australian then capped off that block of games with another tidy assist in Sunday’s win over Motherwell, helping Moi Elyounoussi to a hat-trick.
Over recent weeks the team's performances have been under par and the results are there to prove ir, however, the flashes of magic from Tom Rogic remind us of how great we know this team can be, and Rogic could be the key to help restoring that consistency this season.
What Rogic has shown is that his creativity and ability to hold onto the ball in high pressure situations, allows us to unlock even the most compact of defences. His ability to find that killer pass and see the run than not many can is a priceless asset. With an array of quality players in forward positions (Edouard, Ajeti, Elyounoussi, Christie - Forrest and Johnston to return from injury) there's no doubt Celtic have an exciting mix of attacking talent. Tom Rogic has shown he can still be the link that completes the chain between midfield and attack.
Maybe the biggest positive is that we are seeing him last longer than 60 mins which should hopefully only progress as he gets more and more game time.
Tom’s been like a new signing since he turned down the approach from Qatar and has been one of few positives in recent weeks. If we can keep him fit and make sure we utilise his creativity, then we have a great outlet for taking control of games and bringing back the Celtic way of football that we all love to see.
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