Celtic fans were in a buoyant mood last month when it was announced star midfielder Tom Rogic has signed a new 5-year deal with the club. The Australian’s contract was due to expire next summer but the new deal runs until 2023.
Many consider him as one of Celtic’s best players, if not the best. Such a statement is not too far from the truth. Last season alone, Rogic played 41 games for the Hoops in all competitions, scoring 8 goals and providing 9 assists. His performance was key for the 7th title in a row that was won by the Glasgow side.
His influence is undeniable. Taking a look back at the 2016/17 season, we see that Rogic again had a great campaign. 12 goals and 6 assists in 37 matches is a lovely achievement. Let’s not forget he scored the goal that won Celtic the Scottish FA Cup that season. In the decisive game, the 25-year old came on as a substitute and netted against Aberdeen in the 90th minute to help the Hoops to a 2-1 win.
Now playing with Australia at the World Cup, the playmaker has been nothing short of impressive once again. The Socceroos lost against France and drew with Denmark, and their chances of progressing to the knockout stages are slim. Even though players like Jedinak, Ryan and Mooy are solid, Rogic has been playing admirably.
Celtic fans should expect more of the same from one of their favourites. The midfielder can shoot extremely well from distance, is an astonishing dribbler (even though he’s very tall), and can pick a teammate even in the smallest of spaces.
Even France coach Didier Deschamps spoke highly of Rogic before the clash between the two nations in Russia. He said:
“I am concerned about their strength going forward – in particular, Tom Rogic. They are well organised and can be an aggressive team.”
Such praise is deserved and flattering, as it comes from the man who lifted the World Cup trophy exactly 20 years ago.
Rogic possesses a combination of skill and power which can make him very dangerous for any opponent at club or international level. And Celtic fans, in particular, have every right to be excited about what else he can offer on the pitch.