TOM ROGIC’S best days at Celtic could be ahead of him.
That’s the firm view of Ange Postecoglou who reckons the gifted 28-year-old playmaker still has a lot to contribute at Parkhead, despite already enjoying eight years of mainly spectacular success since his arrival from Central Coast Mariners.
Rogic has thrived since the appointment of the Greek-Australian who was his international manager for a spell at the Socceroos.
Postecoglou believes the skilled midfielder is geared up for a pivotal campaign at the club and has a massive role to play.
MIDFIELD MASTERCLASS…Tom Rogic congratulates David Turnbull on his strike against Motherwell while Callum McGregor joins in the celebrations during the 2-0 win at Fir Park.
The Hoops boss said: “He’s just got something different about him.
“Yes, he’s had some issues, but sometimes I think he’s one of the players who people want to put in a certain box.
“Throughout his career, he’s done some remarkable things. He’s had a fantastic career here with Celtic. You don’t stay at a football club like this unless you have something to offer.
“I still think there’s more to come. He’s only 28. In many respects, his best football years could be ahead of him.
“He’s now beyond the 50-cap mark with Australia which isn’t easy. To travel from this side of the world to play is a lot more challenging than maybe some other national teams.
“He’s done remarkably well. He’s become a senior member here at Celtic and with the national team. He’s got plenty to offer for both teams.”
Postecoglou, speaking to the Daily Record, continued: “Since I’ve been here, knock on wood, he’s done everything right on and off the field.
“I think he’s looking strong in games. In some games we’ve taken him off only because we’ve wanted to change the dynamic a little bit rather than due to fitness.
“Him and David Turnbull have played a lot of football so far. We’ve just got to be careful with them not to tip them over the end.
HOOP HOOP HOORAY…Tom Rogic is the focal point of joy for team-mates Kyogo Furuhashi, David Turnbull and Liel Abada.
“We’re working hard with the sports science staff to make sure we are keeping track of their workloads.
“At the moment, they are both still really strong and looking bright in games.
“That’s pleasing for us because both players can make a big impact when they are on the field.
“I know Tom well and have always felt that he’s got something special about him.”
The Aussie and the Scotland international are likely to combine again tonight when the Hoops travel to Easter Road to face a Hibs team determined to come back after losing three on the trot.
Postecoglou added: “They have had a little bit of a dip, but they aren’t in crisis by any stretch.
“We’re expecting a tough test there, we’ll have to be at our best.”
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