Brendan Rodgers has enabled his Celtic side to dominate the SPFL in recent years, but some of the foundations of his success were built during Neil Lennon’s time in charge of the club.
Lennon has plenty of success to boast from his stint at Celtic, but the decision to take a chance on Tom Rogic for a measly fee of just £432k is beginning to look like one of his finest, if not his finest transfer masterstroke.
Celtic signed Rogic from Australian outfit Central Coast Mariners in January 2014 as a 21-year-old and, despite struggling to establish himself initially, he is now one of the most widely hailed players at the club.
Standing at a commanding height of 6’2″, Rogic boasts a physical frame which makes him incredibly difficult to knock off the ball, and combined with his water-tight ball control he is blessed with a set of attributes which make him a menacing prospect for SPFL defenders to face up to when he is at his electric best.
Celtic supporters have long gushed over Rogic’s talent but his performances this season have added a new dimension to the esteemed praise.
A return of three goals and four assists from 11 appearances provides the statistical evidence to suggest he is thriving, but the stats cannot illuminate the extent of his overall contribution.
Whether is driving at the heart of the opposition with the ball at his feet, threading an intricate through ball or testing the goalkeeper from long-range Rogic always seems to have a trick up his sleeve, and it’s that very wizardry which will surely make him a target for Premier League clubs in the future.
Naturally, the Hoops are in a fantastic position from which to command a huge profit on their initial investment, but they would much rather keep him at the club for the long-term rather than offload him with financial interests in mind.
Only Rogic will know what his long-term goal is, but Celtic supporters will continue to revel in his excellence until the unwelcome prospect of a potential departure turns into reality.
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