Rogic must stay, pull out the Cheque book Lawwell!

Yesterday amid all the hysteria, Tom Rogic showed himself to be the consummate professional, firstly he scored a belter that would make any players highlight reel, then upon being substituted early due to necessity, took his orders with a minimum of fuss.

No petulance, no complaining, no trudging off, he showed himself a pure team man.

Brendan has stated that he wants big Tam to stay, the rejection of the contract that has been reported isn’t due to a breakdown in the relationship between manager and player nor his teammates.

Everyone who has anything to do with Celtic loves Rogic, whatever his demands are they must be met.

We are simply a far better side with him in the team.

Celtic have stood by the big Aussie throughout his injury problems and he has always been welcomed back into the first team when fit since Ronny Deila took over from Neil Lennon.

After initially struggling to get into the team which itself beat the Barca, he has been indispensable to Ronny and Brendan alike.

With the former, he saved his blushes in injury time at Kilmarnock in a near identical strike to the belter he put past a despairing Foderingham yesterday.

On that occasion, Aberdeen was breathing down our neck and due to play straight after us, although we had a game in hand the lead in the Premiership was up for grabs, enter Tom Rogic with an injury time winner, Dons dropped point predictably enough and we never looked back.

His heroics in the Scottish Cup final are themselves as iconic as the Kings chip in the demolition derby, it is a goal that will be replayed by Celtic fans in a century.

Yesterday his goal reasserted our strength after a moment of madness by Boyata.

Tom Rogic is a big game player, the sort that Celtic will be lucky to find in the transfer market at a price we are willing to pay, for this reason, we must secure him for the 10 in a row.

There is no point losing a player of his quality if it is likely we won’t be able to secure a better one, we want the club to advance after all.

The terrible state of negotiations with Stuart Armstrong over the summer was genuinely depressing, a Celt whose name we have sung whilst walking to work let alone the game held out for too much for too long and he has paid the price for his agents petulance this season.

Let’s hope that the board come in with an improved offer to secure our man for the 10 in a row.

His heroics yesterday made sure we have 7 in the bag, sign him up for 4 years he will become a legend and will be due a testimonial of his own.




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