Former Celtic player Frank McAvennie has delivered a passionate defence of Tom Rogic and believes the midfielder deserved to play more last season.

Tom Rogic has been at the club for a long time and has worked under Neil Lennon, not once but twice. Both times, the Irishman didn’t appear to fancy him at all.

The best football of Rogic’s Celtic career happened under Ronny Deila and Brendan Rodgers – the two managers in between Lennon.

Speaking about the lack of game time Rogic received last season, McAvennie couldn’t fathom why Tom was overlooked. He’s the sort of player who can make things happen but last year he was in and out of the side.

“I like Rogic. He’s a wonderful talent and I couldn’t understand why he wasn’t playing.” McAvennie told Football Insider.

“He’s far better than some of the players that were playing. I can’t believe he wasn’t getting a chance for whatever reason.

“Even if he fell out with Neil Lennon, he’s the kind of boy you can trust not to down tools.

“He gives you everything until he comes off and he’d have put in more effort than a lot of the other players in the season just gone, that’s for sure.“

Neil Lennon put his faith in David Turnbull eventually and Tom can be seen as a luxury player. If anyone is going to revive his Celtic career it’s his former international boss Ange Postecoglou. It will be interesting to see if Tom can show what he’s made of under the new boss.


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