Tom Rogic has had praise lavished upon him by manager Brendan Rodgers ahead of tonight’s game vs RB Leipzig in the Europa League, whilst it is always great to be complemented by the Gaffer, should he live up to the kudos and help us to a win all of Europe’s eyes will be on our mercurial Australian.
Rogic has been simply amazing for Celtic this year, his play in the midfield has been a catalyst for our resurgence domestically, we have surged up the table, made a cup final, now the last bridge to cross is in Europe, the Achilles heel of Rodgers reign at Celtic.
Recently Celtic and Liverpool legend Kenny Dalglish heaped praise on Rogic calling him one of the finest attackers in the UK, a massive call when you compare him against those on display at the top 5 clubs down in England whose wages and fees are astronomical.
Should Rogic seize the game and take Celtic to victory tonight every scout and his dog will be finalising briefs for the Cup final against Aberdeen who will need to climb out of Big Tam’s pocket just to take the field, he truly is the Scourge of Aberdeen.
Speaking in the Record, Rodgers said:
“Tom gives the team a different dynamic in terms of how he plays.
“He doesn’t move so much, which actually helps because he can find space.
“Tom has this incredible quality of standing still and knows where to stand. That’s what he does. He conserves his energy well, so that when he doesn’t have it he can press the game.
“When he takes the ball he’s normally receiving it to go forward.
“He’s a big, big talent and is so cool and calm he could play in a Tuxedo because he just moves so well. He’s fantastic.
“The game that stands out for me in Europe is Manchester City away. His ability to take the ball, his quality and he was in rhythm at that point.
“Tom’s got great tools that can help us as a team and he’s that creative player you need at the level that can make the difference for us.
“You talk to other managers after games and they normally highlight Tom.
“The players themselves and other players know the problems he causes.
“He’s very elusive and has an in-built brain for football. You just need to put him into a structure and a framework to get the ball and into areas where he can hurt teams.
With all eyes on tonight’s crucial match, Tom has the opportunity to announce himself to world football as a class above, he is already a proven match winner domestically and for the Socceroos, should he help defeat the Bundesliga giants we will be very happy indeed that we have the likable Rogic on a 5 year deal.
He is only getting better with every game he plays.