Celtic saw long-serving hero Tom Rogic depart the club at the end of last season, with the Australian international seeking pastures new after nine, hugely successful years at Parkhead.
The 29-year-old – as well as teammate Nir Bitton – opted for a fresh challenge despite still having a year left to run on his deal with the Old Firm outfit, with the Glasgow side seemingly agreeing to his exit as a marker of his quality service over the years.
It had initially been a difficult start to life in Scotland for the 6 foot 2 playmaker following his arrival from Central Coast Mariners on a £400k deal back in January 2013, with the creative gem taking almost two years to establish himself in the side after having been ravaged by injury.
The midfielder certainly made up for lost time, however, as he quickly showcased his quality during a breakthrough 2015/16 campaign, scoring ten goals and providing seven assists in all competitions under Ronny Deila.
The arrival of Brendan Rodgers that summer coincided with Rogic assuming an even greater role in the side, as he subsequently laid on 18 goal contributions during the 2016/17 season as the Hoops enjoyed a remarkable unbeaten domestic campaign.
That glorious season notably saw the £1.58m-rated man produce one of his finest moments in a green and white jersey, firing in a stunning stoppage-time winner in the Scottish Cup final triumph over Aberdeen.
A man with a penchant for the spectacular, the 51-cap menace subsequently went on to score 46 goals and provide 49 assists in 272 games in all competitions, proving himself more than worth the initial, bargain investment.
While he had endured a difficult stint in recent times – notably scoring just twice during the 2020/21 campaign – the arrival of compatriot Ange Postecoglou sparked a change in fortunes last term, as he resumed his leading role as the link between midfield and attack.
Lauded as a “magician” by ex-Hoops striker Chris Sutton, the dynamic genius scored six times and produced ten assists across all fronts during last season’s title triumph, capping a fine end to his trophy-laden stint at the club.
The current free agent was handed a raucous ovation on his emotional final Parkhead outing at the end of last term, with such acclaim more than merited for a player who had grown into something of a “legend” for the club, in the words of Postecoglou.
In truth, Celtic simply struck gold bringing the relatively unknown quantity to Scotland almost a decade ago.