After surprise Hoddle comments, Lawwell must move quick to seal best Celtic deal of 2018
There was a very telling snippet in Chris Sutton’s latest column for the Daily Record.
Sutton was talking about Celtic’s 6ft 2in attacking midfielder Tom Rogic and saying that it would be a ‘spellbinding’ deal if Rodgers was to make him an offer he couldn’t refuse.
The big man’s contract is up in 2019 and he’s still to make a decision over his future.
Sutton said that he was talking to Glen Hoddle, and the football pundit and former England manager had said that Rogic had caught his eye – something which should set alarm bells ringing at Parkhead.
“I was talking to Glenn Hoddle the other week and he said he’d caught his eye, which given the fact not many folk down south pay the slightest bit of attention to the Scottish game, I thought that was decent praise and very telling,” Sutton said.
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“If he’s caught Glenn’s eye, coaches and scouts will be aware. That’s why the timing is crucial.”
With the World Cup finals coming up in the summer, Rogic will be hoping for a timely run of form on the world stage and a big-money move.
The fact that Hoddle is talking about him doesn’t bode well for Celtic, who would much prefer their star was doing his magic under the radar.
Sutton went on to compare the player to Mesut Ozil and that it would be a “magic” deal if Celtic could pull it off, saying that the Scottish champions are a worse team when Rogic isn’t it in.
Sutton went on to say that Peter Lawwell “seems adept at dealing with these scenarios” and this could be the key.
Lawwell needs to stay in command of the situation, manage expectations and craft a deal that works for Rogic and that works for Celtic.
However, he must be aware that after Hoddle’s comments, the secret might be out of the bag and a deal might be that much harder to complete.
One thing Lawwell can’t control is what happens at the World Cup and it might well be that all Celtic staff are keeping their fingers crossed that they get knocked out early and that Rogic doesn’t make an impact.