Celtic midfielder Tom Rogic has been through a number of ups and downs throughout his time with the club – but one thing is for certain he will always be remembered as a modern-day hero.
The 28-year old took a different route into professional football, eventually ending up at Paradise in 2013, and the story from there is history.
Since then, he has gone on to play his part in many famous derby victories, and who could forget his Scottish cup final goal against Aberdeen to secure the Invincible Treble in the final minutes of the game.
However, there was a point in time when those memories might never have happened, with interest elsewhere in the Australian midfielder that could have seen Rogic making a move down south to join Sheffield United instead, for just £800,000.
Speaking to the Daily Record, according to former United scout Gordon Young, Rogic was one of the players that his side was looking to sign but couldn’t due to a share issue, which might have changed the midfielder’s career and taken him in a completely different direction.
“Sheffield United’s owner, Kevin McCabe, owned shares in clubs in China, Hungary, India and Belgium.
“He also had shares in Central Coast Mariners. They had this group of clubs they would use to Talent ID players and filter them through the levels.
“Tom Rogic was one of them, but we missed out because of a discrepancy over a shares issue. We could have – and should have – signed him.
“I can’t put my finger on it, but it was something on the ownership side of it. Sheffield United had first pick on anybody and never took it up.
“I remember going to a game at Celtic when I was at Sheffield United. Rogic was outstanding, and Celtic beat Dundee 6-0. We had a clause that we could have taken him for £800,000. I thought he was a top player.
“My job was to implement ‘the Sheffield United way’ and try and develop players, migrating them back to Sheffield United.”
Thankfully a move down south never materialised, and Rogic has written himself into a brilliant part of Celtic’s history.
The Wizard of Oz continues to contribute to the club massively, and we are arguably seeing some of his best football in the Green and White under Ange Postecoglou.