‘Special’ Socceroo Rogic looking reborn under Postecoglou

Tom Rogic has rejuvenated his career at Celtic. (Photo: Celtic FC)

Having struggled for game time last season under Neil Lennon, Socceroos midfielder Tom Rogic has looked reborn since Ange Postecoglou took charge at Parkhead.

While there has never been any doubt over the ability of the man fans call ‘The Wizard of Oz’, the ex-Melbourne Victory loanee has often suffered from different types of injuries and fitness issues.

But at 28, it seems like Rogic has turned a corner under Postecoglou, who has implemented an attacking style of play that perfectly suits the elegant playmaker.

“I obviously know Tom really well and always thought he was one of those special players who fans love to watch,” Postecoglou told Scottish reporters on the weekend.

“I’d love to think I am a guy that walks around with a halo above his head and gives off a glow that everyone loves, but for Tom it was more about feeling good about himself again, getting his body right, playing the football that he can play.

“The one thing he did know with me coming was the kind of football we were going to play and that would be suited to him.

“If he could get himself right physically, and be in a good headspace, he would enjoy his football. That I do know.”

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Rogic in last year’s Scottish Cup victory. (Photo: Socceroos)

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Rogic, who has already made four starts since the beginning of the season, will be eager to get another one after being benched in Celtic’s 6-0 win over St Mirren.

The Hoops will chase their seventh successive win tonight when they face AZ Alkmaar in the second leg of their Europa League playoff at AFAS Stadium.

They head to the Netherlands leading 2-0 after the first leg where Rogic was instrumental, providing an assist for the opener and directing play alongside McGregor and Turnbull.

With the World Cup in Qatar looming closer, Rogic will be looking to get back to his best in order to help Graham Arnold’s men get to another big forum.

The Griffith-born midfielder missed the last Socceroos camp due to an ankle issue, but will be back in the frame for the upcoming games in early September.

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