05/03/2024

Tom Rogic scores a stunning goal against Motherwell. PHOTO via Actionplus Sports - Twitter

Socceroos midfielder Tom Rogic put on a show as his first half double put the game out of reach for a disappointing Motherwell side, furthermore proving the presence he brings to his side.

Rogic is in a rich vein of form. The 29-year-old attacking midfielder scored a brace in a man of the match performance as Celtic maintained its slender one-point lead atop the Scottish Premiership.

The former Central Coast Mariner returned to the starting XI after international duty and was on song against Motherwell. Celtic blasted Graham Alexander’s side off the park in a 4-0 smashing to keep its foot on the gas in the title race.

Rogic’s first goal came just after the half-hour mark. He received the ball on his left foot, quickly got himself a yard of space before unleashing a superb curling effort from outside the box to double Celtic’s lead.

His second came in injury time in the first half. He capped off a sweeping move after some great work by Liel Abada. The Israeli winger cut the ball back for the Australian, who cooly slotted home his shot first-time to give the visitors a comfortable 3-0 cushion at halftime.

The result means that Celtic maintains its spot at the top of the table. It also marks the biggest away win for the Glasgow giants under Ange Postecoglou.

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It was perhaps the finest game the former Central Coast Mariner has put forth in a Celtic shirt and his season so far is his best yet. He ability to glide past defenders and manipulate the ball are a feature to his game.

Last season, Rogic only managed two goals and five assists in 31 games across all competitions. Fast forward to this year and already the midfielder has five goals and nine assists in 32 games across all competitions.

Teams are always on the lookout for goalscoring midfielders. That is something that Rogic has in his kit bag. Driving runs into the opposition box and arriving late are now starting to become a staple of his game.

Rogic now coming of age

It seems we are now seeing the fruits of his labor, having been with the Glasgow giants since 2013. Providing goals from midfield is something that Ange Postecoglou will love from the 29-year-old and it makes Celtic such a different proposition for teams.

An attacking threat from midfield adds another string to Postecoglou’s Celtic bow and can ease the workload on the teams attackers. Also Rogic appears to be using his experience more on the field. No longer is he the young player in the team.

Now he is a commanding presence in the heart of midfield for one of the most well-known football teams on the planet. He can step up and propel his team forward as great leaders do. Still only 29-years-old, he best football is clearly ahead of him.

Adding another dimension to his game like this only bodes well for his future both domestically and internationally. If finally feels like he is hitting his stride in Scotland and Celtic, along with the Socceroos are benefitting from it.

He spoke to Sky Sports post-game and detailed that the club needed to consolidate its win over Rangers. The midfielder also stated that now the team is starting to show some much-needed consistency.

“Everyone was watching us after that result,” Rogic said. “We’ve been doing that for a few months now, putting some consistency together. We’ve been playing well and maybe people are starting to take a bit more notice.”

The Scottish giants are now unbeaten in 15 games since their 3-2 loss to Bayer Leverkusen in the Europa League group stage back on November 26. What is worth noting is that during that 15 game span, Celtic has won 14 games and has drawn just once, against St. Mirren. That is phenomenal for a team coached by a man many didn’t want at the time of his appointment.

Postecoglou’s side sits proudly atop the Scottish Premiership table. Celtic has scored the most goals, has the best goal difference (+41), and has the league’s meanest defense. The league leaders have conceded just 13 goals in its 25 league games.

With Rogic seemingly in career-best form, and Postecoglou having his feet firmly set underneath him as manager, Celtic’s failure last season might just be a blip on the radar.

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