In Focus: Celtic must prioritise tying Rogic down to his best years

As reported by The Daily Mail, Celtic remain committed to contract negotiations with midfielder Tom Rogic despite rumours he had flatly turned down any new deal.

What’s the story?

Rogic has had a difficult 2017/18 season at Celtic, struggling for form and battling injury for the majority of the campaign. However, he’s still seen as one of the club’s best players and is a fan favourite given his history of scoring important goals.

The Daily Mail say that despite reports from his homeland, the Hoops are still in negotiations with the player about extending his contract beyond 2019.

However, with just over a year left until his deal expires, the paper reckon that failure to do business before the end of the season could put the prospect of free agency on table.

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How important is he to Celtic?

When fully fit, Tom Rogic is undoubtedly one of the best creative talents in Scottish football, able to find space and unlock defences as well as score all manner of goals from in and around the box.

The Australian midfielder’s problem is getting that fitness into his legs and getting enough games to bring his confidence up to the required levels.

Last season, despite missing 17 matches through injury he scored 12 goals and provided six assists in all competitions, including a stunning last minute treble winning effort against Aberdeen in the Scottish Cup Final.

It’s that kind of attacking contribution that makes his contract extension at Celtic vital. At 25, he’s coming into the best years of his careers and it would a shame for the Hoops to have remained so patient with his fitness up to this point and not reap the benefits of his development.