Celtic supporters have been making a lot of noise in the last few hours after seeing their side make it through to the last-32 of the Europa League on Thursday night.
Brendan Rodgers’ men went into their encounter with group winners Red Bull Salzburg knowing that a win would guarantee their place in the knockout stages, but any other result could be upended by Red Bull Leipzig, who faced Rosenborg in the other group clash. And with the Bhoys losing 2-0 at Parkhead on Thursday night, things didn’t look good for Rodgers’ side, only for Rosenborg to nick a point against Leipzig to leave Celtic second in the group, this all despite losing 2-1 at Celtic Park.
Thus, there have been many delighted Celtic fans up and down the country in recent times, several of whom are likely to be looking towards the January transfer window, and thus what signings their side must seek to make to go on a deep run in Europe’s secondary competition.
Yet one man who looks set to play a vital part in whatever success the Bhoys have in 2019 is midfielder Tom Rogic, who made the move to the Scottish giants back in 2013 for a paltry £432,000 (as per Transfermarkt).
And given the 25-year-old has since become a lynchpin at Parkhead, there is little doubting that Celtic have got their money’s worth and more from the bargain coup they pulled off almost six years ago – Rogic is certainly continuing to mock that lowly price-tag.
Ultimately, Rogic arrived at Celtic as a relative unknown after beginning his career in Australia, and he didn’t immediately command regular football under manager-at-the-time Neil Lennon, mustering just 15 appearances in his first three seasons at Parkhead.
In fact, he was shipped out on loan to Melbourne Victory in 2014 to underline his lowly position in the pecking order, yet he has since returned to Celtic and been an absolute revelation in very much playing a key part in one of the most successful stints the club have had under Rodgers.
The midfielder scored 12 goals and laid on six assists in just 36 appearances in all competitions to help Rodgers’ men go through the whole of the 2016/17 domestic season unbeaten, before backing that up with eight goals and nine assists last time round as they again won the domestic treble.
And the Australia international, capped 42 times by his country including three at this year’s World Cup, has continued to produce the goods this term with four goals and five assists in 25 games, three goals and five assists of which coming in their run to top spot in the Scottish Premiership table.
Yes, Rogic may not have enjoyed his best performance in a Celtic shirt against Salzburg on Thursday night, but on the whole he has more than proven his worth to the Bhoys over the years, in turn repaying the faith shown in him by the club when luring him to Parkhead in 2013.
And given they did so for a lowly £432,000, with Rogic now worth £2.48 million as per Transfermarkt, there is no questioning that the 25-year-old has made a mockery of that paltry price-tag.
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