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. bigrailroadblues on

    Good evening all from the International Bar in palm tree lined Polmadie. I hope you are all hale and hearty.

  2. bigrailroadblues on

    Evening Tom. This place is full of gamblers, drunkards and raving lunatics. I feel right at home.

  3. No way to decide a game of football.



    If it has to be decided on penalties they should be taken before the game.

  4. IniquitousIV on




    “This place is full of gamblers, drunkards and raving lunatics. I feel right at home.”




    Which category are you in?



    All 3? O.K. Then.

  5. Dick Campbell has a passing resemblance to Donald J Trump.



    I wonder if they are related.

  6. Tom McLaughlin on

    The football world has had penalty shoot-outs since 1969 yet there are still assholes who think it’s a bad way to finish a game after 210 minutes without a goal.

  7. ERNIE LYNCH on 13TH MAY 2022 10:26 PM


    Dick Campbell has a passing resemblance to Donald J Trump.




    more like Uncle Fester.

  8. bigrailroadblues on

    Iniquitousiv, probably true. Tom McLaughlin and Big Jimmy are the leaders aff. 😂😂

  9. Belmont Brian,



    You better have your tin hat on.


    NAW,Jullien was a terrific CH before he got injured.Anyone who says different,has a pet hate,or knows fek all about football.


    Check how many games we lost with him at CH.

  10. BELMONTBRIAN on 13TH MAY 2022 9:40 PM



    Tonight’s trio might not to be to everyone’s taste, not sure if he originated from ‘the Port, or Greenock. Mr David Byrne



    *Bellsmyre Brian, good Tim scheme think PeteC hail hails fae there.



    His parents were Glaswegians but moved tae the Rock because of the social divide that permeates throughout the country.



    They then moved on tae Hamilton Ontario and then Baltimore Maryland, seemingly his parents never assimilated with their new neighbours and instead became friendly with the Scottish/Irish diaspora as a result he has never considered himself American and isn’t even a US citizen.

  11. The Blogger Formerly Known As GM on

    Starting midfield of Niro, Calmac and Big Tom tomorrow, surely??



    Off to bed with a chuckle as I remember some putting Big Tom in the same bucket as Leigh Griffiths😂😂



    Class is permanent.

  12. TOM MCLAUGHLIN on 13TH MAY 2022 10:18 PM



    Kirk Broadfoot refused to take part in ICT’s pre shoot-out huddle.



    *quelle surprise, him and all his siblings have the initials kb

  13. TOM MCLAUGHLIN on 13TH MAY 2022 10:27 PM



    The football world has had penalty shoot-outs since 1969



    *all thanks tae Sir Robert Kelly who complained after we had won the toss in Lisbon