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Celtic: Frank McAvennie reacts to confirmed exit news

Celtic: Frank McAvennie reacts to confirmed exit news -Celtic News

Celtic pair Tom Rogic and Nir Bitton are leaving because they struggle to play under Ange Postecoglou, according to ex-Hoops striker Frank McAvennie.

The Lowdown: Rogic and Bitton exit

The Hoops have just finished a glorious 2021/22 season, winning the Scottish Premiership title and also enjoying Scottish League Cup success.

It looks set to be a busy summer at Parkhead, with players coming in and out and Postecoglou sure to be looking at refreshing his squad ahead of the challenge of facing Europe’s elite in the Champions League.

Rogic and Bitton are two individuals who are definitely moving on, with the former indicating as much and the latter’s contract expiring next year, as the pair’s departures were confirmed last week.

The Latest: McAvennie makes key claim

Speaking to Football Insider, McAvennie claimed that their exit is partly because they are unable to excel in Postecoglou’s playing style now:

“Everyone knows how I feel about Rogic, he is a wonderful talent. He’s 29 and he’s been here nine years. He sees what is happening. Bitton has been a bit-part player but he has still been important.

“They see the way the manager is going. It’s all about a high press and running and these two boys aren’t the guys for that.

“You have Turnbull coming back to full fitness and other players will come in this summer so it just makes sense for them to move on this summer.

“The fans gave them all the respect in the world and they gave them the send-off they deserve. I’m delighted the club did it the right way because they deserve that.”

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The Verdict: Makes some sense

Rogic has racked up seven league titles and five Scottish Cups during his time at Parkhead and been an incredible servant for so long, but McAvennie’s comments certainly hold some truth.

Postecoglou demands lots of energy in his players – something that Rogic and Bitton can’t necessarily guarantee week in, week out these days.

They are now 29 and 30, respectively, and it could be that younger legs will come in during the summer and be more effective in the manager’s system.

In other news, Kieran Devlin has talked up a potential Celtic signing. Read more here.


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