You're a wizard Tommy: Postecoglou puts Rogic under his spell and there's magic in the air


Tom Rogic with Ange Postecoglou

It's easy to forget that Tom Rogic a.k.a. 'The Wizard of Oz' has been at Celtic since 2013. The big Australian has had his fair share of ups and downs in those eight years and almost 12 months ago he had everything but his hand luggage packed ready for a move away from sunny Glasgow to the even sunnier climes of the Middle East.


As talks with an unnamed Qatari side broke down, there was a mixed response among the Celtic faithful, with many feeling that a fee of £3.5 million represented good business for a player who has struggled with injuries, conditioning and whose best performances in a Celtic jersey had come and gone.


Then there was the other camp, who still believed there was a role for the attacking midfielder to play at the club, hoping for more Rogic-shaped memories; like his goal of the season against Kilmarnock in 2016, when he rifled a left-footed effort in the top corner from 25 yards after 90 minutes.


Or perhaps his most memorable goal to date, this time with his right foot, after slaloming into the Aberdeen box in injury time during the 2017 Scottish Cup final at a rain-soaked Hampden Park to secure the treble.


Does anyone else have goosebumps now?


New memories


The truth is, there are few players in Scottish football able to do what Rogic can when he's at his best. His first touch, ability to make a killer pass and knack for finding the back of net when his team needs it most, make him a manager's dream.


There are undoubtedly areas of his game that need some refinement but if anyone can help Rogic achieve his full potential as he enters his prime as a footballer, it's fellow Australian Ange Postecoglou:


“I know Tommy really well and he’s an unbelievable footballer. He’s one of the players the supporters love to watch. He had a bit of an interrupted pre-season but he’s been super in training and getting better and better in the games."

Days after scoring his first league goal of the season against Dundee, Rogic put in another sumptuous performance against Jablonec in the Europa League, leaving fans in awe as he sprinted to close down the opposition in the 70th minute before leaving the pitch to a rapturous applause from the Parkhead crowd.


At 28 years of age and under contract until 2023, if Rogic can steer clear of injury and steadily accumulate game time, all while thriving in this new style of play imposed by his former Australian national coach and mentor Ange Postecoglou, Celtic fans may well be treated to more magic memories from the 'Wizard of Oz'.


Have you been impressed with Rogic's early season performances and do you think there's more to come? Let us know in the comments below.