As reported by The Canberra Times, former Australian captain Paul Wade reckons Celtic midfielder Tom Rogic can play an influential role in his country’s World Cup campaign this summer, believing he can win the contract or big move he is looking for.
Rogic’s fitness problems at Celtic over the past few years are well documented. A season doesn’t seem to go by without the player missing for a couple of months.
However, his talent is undeniable and in big matches he excels like no other Hoops player, something he manages to replicate for Australia too.
Now he’s being backed to be his country’s most influential player at the World Cup in Russia by a former captain.
As quoted by The Canberra Times, former Aussie skipper Paul Wade said:
He’s an absolute gun and is going to be our most influential player in Russia, without a doubt. If he’s got the baton and he’s running the show, I tell you what, look out opposition because they won’t know where the next attack is coming from.
Tom changes his mind so quickly and fluently that he can make anybody believe anything and with one touch he can completely change the picture.
I don’t have a problem with any player thinking to themselves ‘you know what I’m going to put in and deliver here so that I can get a new deal or go to a new club’.
Whatever it takes to perform at your best, go with it.
Rogic’s contract at Celtic expires in 2019 meaning both the club and the player are entering a critical period when a decision may have to be made on whether to sell him or not.
Can the Hoops hold on to him?
Reported to have rejected a new contract at Celtic in February, Rogic remains an integral part of Brendan Rodgers first team when he’s fit and available.
That he didn’t sign a new deal is likely just good sense from the Australian rather than him actively seeking a move away. Everyone knows his profile could be raised massively if he manages to impress in the World Cup, either winning him improved wages or a move away to a big side.
Rogic was a stand-out in last year’s Confederations Cup, scoring against Germany, and has a chance to make a big impact against Peru, Denmark and France this summer.
Having scored big goals and making himself a fan favourite at Celtic Park, the chances of him still wearing green and white hoops next season appear strong, despite the lack of movement on a new deal.