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Celtic: Tom Rogic stole the show

Ange Postecoglou lifted his first trophy as Celtic manager as his side beat Hibernian 2-1 in the League Cup final on Sunday.

Hibs took the lead through Paul Hanlon in the 51st minute, only for Kyogo Furuhashi to equalise within a minute at the other end. The Hoops forward then sealed the victory in the 72nd minute, completing the turnaround with his double.

Forget Kyogo

Whilst Kyogo scored the two goals and may grab the headlines for Celtic, another player stole the show for Postecoglou’s side – Tom Rogic.

Was Rogic man of the match?

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CelticWay reporter Tony Haggerty gave him an 8/10 in his player ratings piece, explaining:

“The Wizard of Oz came back into the first-team fold at the expense of Israeli midfielder Nir Bitton. Hibs plan was to thwart the influential midfielder at every turn and disrupt his flow. He floated a delicious chip which was turned inches wide by Macey on the hour mark. He always looked capable of producing something that could open the Hibs defence and his quick thinking free-kick released Kyogo to make it 2-1.”

The Australian midfielder was a menace to the Hibernian defence as he picked up an assist for the second goal. Athletic reporter Kieran Devil lauded Rogic after his involvement, saying:

“Obviously superlatively brilliant from Kyogo there, but brilliant speed of thought and execution from Rogic there too.”

The 29-year-old was switched on as he took a quick free-kick to play the Japanese international in on goal, which allowed him to strike the winner. Without Rogic’s awareness to catch Hibernian off-guard with his free-kick, Kyogo would not have had the chance to win the match and that illustrates his importance to the result.

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Journalist Josh Bunting also took to Twitter to praise him for his part in the goal, tweeting: “As good at the finish was, Rogic is going under the radar at the moment think he’s been Celtic’s most improved player under Ange Postecoglou. Knows exactly what to do in this system, terrific ball over the top for Kyogo Furuhashi. He’s been the heartbeat of this team of late.”

These quotes on Rogic’s performance highlight how crucial he was to the Hoops and why he stole the show on Sunday in the final. He was pivotal to Kyogo playing well as he provided the attacking platform upon which the striker built his play, which is why he was Postecoglou’s main man.

AND in other news, Celtic can finally replace Scott Brown by signing 20y/o gem…

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