With Ange Postecoglou’s Celtic side heading into Saturday’s Scottish Premiership clash on the back of securing their first away win of the season last time out, the 56-year-old Hoops boss would have undoubtedly been hoping for a similar result when the Bhoys made the trip to Motherwell.
And the Greek-Australian manager would not be disappointed, as goals either side of half-time from Jota and David Turnbull saw Celtic run out 2-0 winners against Graham Alexander’s side – with the victory seeing the Hoops move up to fourth place in the Premiership standings.
As is perhaps to be expected after such a result, a number of Postecoglou’s side fared extremely well in terms of match ratings, with only two of Celtic’s starting XI being awarded a SofaScore rating of below 7.00 on the day.
However, there was one player in green and gold whose performance at Fir Park particularly stood out – that of attacking midfielder, Tom Rogic.
Having come back into the side after starting on the bench against Aberdeen, the 28-year-old put on an extremely commanding display from midfield, with journalist and Celtic fan Dominik Diamond dubbing the Australia international’s performance as like an “orchestra conductor” in the middle of the park.
Indeed, it is easy to see why Diamond described the midfielder’s performance this way, as, over his 73 minutes on the pitch, the £1.35m-rated man had 54 touches of the ball, made two key passes, created one big chance for his teammates and ended the match with an assist to his name.
The £16k-per-week attacking midfielder also completed four of his five attempted dribbles, won seven of his 13 duels and drew three fouls for his side.
So, while Jota and Turnbull may have stolen the headlines with their match-winning goals, Postecoglou will undoubtedly be just as delighted with the performance of Rogic, as the midfielder’s form appears to be very much on the up once more.