Tom, Nir, James. Identity in the dressing room


Tom Rogic (29) leaves us tomorrow, 8 months shy of a decade at Celtic.  After a couple of loan spells back in Australia he became a mainstay of the Celtic side in Ronny Delia’s second term.  Tom will be remembered as an artisan, a throwback to an earlier era, when grace was more common.

His goals stick in the mind more vividly than most.  The league winner at Kilmarnock, the last-minute winner at Motherwell, he was the scourge of Newco, scoring against them at three different venues.  He leaves Scottish football as one of four nominees by his fellow professionals as Player of the Year.  This season, outstanding performances against Hibs, Dundee United, Motherwell and Ross County all come to mind.  He harvested votes across the season.

Nir Bitton (30) also wears a Celtic shirt in battle for the final time tomorrow.  He arrived seven months after Tom and leaves on a high, bookending his career here with a controlled cameo at Ibrox that saw Celtic comfortably over the line.

Their contemporary, James Forrest (30), signed a new deal yesterday that will keep him at the club until 2025.  All three have more to offer the game.  None were likely to be first choice at Celtic next season, but, when fit, James has the ability, pace, experience and goalscoring threat that the manager values.

Having watched Scott Brown interact with the rest of the squad, I also believe there is an important role in maintaining an identity about the club, one that is best secured from within the dressing room.

You will have lots of memories to deal with tomorrow, none more than the incredible Hampden moment in May 2017, when Tom ran from 30 yards out, evaded two challenges and slipped the ball into the net to secure the invincible treble!  Some heroes are destined to inspire long after they leave.

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  1. leftclicktic on



    The wee man watched it with his dad then watched highlights with me at 7:30 on Thursday morning.


    While watching them it dawned on me that him being 12, apart from Last season he has known nothing but success and joy.


    Till we meet again bud.HH



    Thank you Celtic.

  2. VERY sad to see both Tom and Nir leaving but best of luck to both of them



    I was thinking about Celtic somehow ” CLONING” Tom before he leaves, but that aint gonna happen.


    Does Tom have a younger brother ?


    Best of luck Bhoys……Big Tommy gave us so MANY MAGICAL Moments….whit a player.



  3. There are a handful of CQN posters who love JF and remain convinced that the last two seasons don’t count when considering his current value. That he just needs a few games to get him back to his best.



    My impression of JF for the 2020-2022 years:


    He is extremely injury prone.


    He cannot switch wings despite being played left side on occasion.


    He pulls up before tackles.


    He rarely scores goals.


    He has lost at least a yard of pace (check out the semifinal game for proof of that).



    When did he last make a big impact in a tough game? A MOTM display? Terrorise the newco defence or leave a European defence in tatters?



    Isn’t that what we expect from our wide players? Jota has that. Abada may have it. JF has lost it.



    A 3-year extension? Heart ruling the head I think.



    Tin hat on.

  4. Tom Rogic and Nir Bitton, 2 of the best passers of the ball it has been my pleasure to watch playing for Celtic.






    I wish them both well with whatever teams they play for.

  5. WBC,



    Cheers fella. I hear those words but don’t really get it. Post-Lustig was defined by failing to replace him on the field and not sure this continuity thing means anything to results – Neil Lennon and Scott Brown had that continuity pitch but didn’t stop us from falling apart when newbies joined.



    January was a great success because we bought players who could play Ange’s way. Sentiment tends to bugger that objective my (unpopular) opinion….




  6. Tom McLaughlin on




    If Australia beat UAE they then have to play Peru for a place in the WC Finals.

  7. DENIABHOY on 13TH MAY 2022 2:50 PM



    “When did he last make a big impact in a tough game?”



    He came off the bench to score the winner in the league cup final

  8. Before Bitton and Rogic were announced as leaving with group stage football guaranteed, we needed a minimum of four top players and we still do, and you could now argue for six.



    Departures merely free up wages for the new heroes, there are few in any development players in waiting, and we remain a buying club this time so far with a better judge of player.



    There are at least four big contractors for whom no leaving announcements are required.

  9. Tom McLaughlin on

    Christopher Jullien takes a swipe at Ange Postecoglou.



    Since mid-January, I feel 100%, after that it is the choices of the coach.


    It belongs to him and he is successful: we have been champions since Wednesday and in December we won the cup.


    For my part, I told the coach in January that I was ready to go.


    Now it’s his choice and sometimes he doesn’t name me on the bench because he prefers to take a midfielder who can play in central defence.


    I’m unsatisfied with my playing time this season because it’s frustrating and all I want is to be on the pitch.


    I still have a year left of my contract here and I would like to continue playing but my priority is to be on the pitch.


    In my situation and with this current playing time, it is not possible.




    I don’t think we’re resigning him as a starter. He’s already fourth choice before we buy any players

  11. tom mclaughlin



    Not an easy route to the finals then Tom.


    Still possible though.

  12. Very best of luck to both Lhads!



    They deserve it.



    They go with my thanks too.

  13. !!Bada Bing!! on

    PETER LAWWELL has explained who deserves the credit for bringing Ange Postecoglou to Celtic.



    The former Hoops chief executive was actually first put on to the Aussie by his son, Mark, who had him put on a shortlist THREE YEARS before he took charge at Parkhead.



    As was posted last week…..

  14. BOURNESOUPRECIPE on 13TH MAY 2022 3:12 PM



    Maybe we’ll see the dream right hand side combination next season: JF skinning his full back and Ralstini literally skinning his winger.

  15. The Blogger Formerly Known As GM on

    Difficult to replace those two. They know what it means and what it takes to play for Celtic.



    Tomorrow will be tinged with sadness. I wish both all the very best.

  16. Tom Rogic, like many others , has seen his status grow immediately after his departure has been announced :-)))


    PS For the avoidance of doubt, I was always a big fan of Tom`s style ( and Nir`s ,too).

  17. Tom mc Laughlin.



    Thanks for Julien article.



    Can you give its source Tom? Thanks




  18. “CELTIC40ME on 13TH MAY 2022 12:54 PM


    JHB on 13TH MAY 2022 12:46 PM


    How does that fit in with your view that we would struggle to finish in the top 6 this season and take two full seasons to challenge the currant buns again?”.



    Obviously it doesn`t but few posters are criticised as much as JHB for getting something wrong. He, IMO, gets a disproportionate amount of stick. There are other FAR more deserving of that treatment.

  19. Some people don’t deserve to be called Celtic Fans,they really fekin don’t.



    To those on about Jullien.When did he become a bad CH.Someone the team would not miss.Was it while he was out injured.Some have the memory of a Gnat.


    Some stuck with the idea some lunatic on here posted,that he was faking the injury?.


    Like big NIR ,if Jullien goes,they won’t miss him anyway.Never liked him.They better hope CCV stays.


    Jullien,quite right to be upset.After battling through what he has,to be ready to play,and ignored,would anyone be happy.


    Ange better have someone as good lined up,if he does go,along with CCV.

  20. My memory of CJ was he had the making of an excellent CH. He looked like he would have 1-2 top seasons for us then move on to EPL. I can certainly sympathize with him as it looks like he has been frozen out.


    When we were regularly conceding goals from set pieces he would have made a big difference.

  21. INIQUITOUSIV – I know. St STIVS as well. I’ll blame my 9-year-old son for posting it while I was doing the garden 😃

  22. After watching ange’s football over the last year I struggle to believe he likes bitton or rogic’s style of play, both are slow and low energy. It looks like celtic had a year option but did not take it up. The players are not gonna say anything that damages their power of bargaining would be clubs. Celtic are hardly going to come out and say they don’t see them in our future, guys have given 9 years service apeice.




  23. !!Bada Bing!! on

    Jullien is not popular among the squad, he spat the dummy out when Duffy was signed, not a team player…….

  24. Weebobbycollins on

    I thought Jullien had positive attributes but could also show weakness and was a wee bit of a drama queen/king (just in case Eilidh’s looking in)…I also think Giakoumakis goes big on the drama sometimes. Doesn’t make them bad players, however….


    For some reason Ange didn’t appear desperate to get CJ back into the team…hmmmm!