This season we have had to rely heavily on Kris Commons in our attacking play. We need to play through him and hope he can be the spark that gets our strikers on the end of chances.
Kris has been doing a great job but it is unfair to him to have him carry this responsibility all by himself. When he is out injured or having an off day we lose a dimension in our build up play.
That’s why it baffles me that Tom Rogic isn’t seeing more game time this season. Now I know people will jump down my throat and tell me that I don’t see him in the training ground every morning like Lennon does, and you’re right…BUT what I do see from this bhoy is an abundance of talent, raw but blossoming talent.
For me, Tom is equipped to help the team the same way Commons does. He is a player who can give you that little spark of life, find that cute pass or even whack one from 25 yards out and hit the back of the net.
All he has managed to achieve so far is a place on the bench and maybe a few minutes here and there when a game is dead and buried. Not any sort of time to stamp his authority on a game or stake his claim for a starting spot.
The midfielder came on as a sub for Australia today with 30 minutes to go and had a real impact on the game, his energy and creativity forcing the issue, instantly creating space for his team mates and being fouled regularly in the process. He seems to shine frequently when playing International football so what is stopping him from breaking in to this Celtic team?
Neil Lennon likes his players to get in amongst it and be able to defend when called upon, maybe that’s where the problem lies.
However if that was a reason for holding him back then I would have imagine Lennon would have kept Nakamura on the bench when he played for Celtic. Not that I’m comparing Rogic to Nakamura but there are similarities.
There is no reason for holding the bhoy back any longer in my opinion. We are crying out for creativity in the final third and his playmaking skills could help the team out greatly. There’s a World cup coming up where he needs to be playing regularly so he is ready for Brazil. If he still finds himself on the periphery of the Celtic team then he will have to assess his situation come January.
I really hope he starts getting more game time, we have a real gem of a player and it would be sad to see him leave Celtic in search of first team football.
I am hopeful he will still become a success at Parkhead.