By Matt Farr
Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers is confident that midfield ace Tom Rogic can become one of the best midfielders in Europe.
Rogic began the season as one of Celtic’s strongest and most consistent performers, but has been sidelined since December with an ankle injury.
His outstanding start to the campaign saw him supply 10 goals and five assists from 27 appearances in all competitions, and featured in five of their six Champions League group-stage matches.
But the 24-year-old has returned to training with the Scottish champions ahead of their upcoming Premiership clash with Partick Thistle on Wednesday, and his manager is thrilled to see him back in action.
Rodgers admitted to the Daily Record that he firmly believes Rogic, who he has nicknamed ‘The Magic Man’, has the quality to grow into one of Europe’s best midfield players.
He said: “The Magic Man is back. What a player. He’s an amazing player and can grow into one of the top midfield players in Europe.
“That’s what he can develop into as there’s no doubt he’s top class. He’s a good boy too and devoted to his profession. He’s a key player.
“Top players know where the space is and he’s as good as any I’ve seen at finding space. What he needed to do was gain intensity and gain more end product. He did all of that up until he got injured.”
Rogic’s imminent return to first team action will be a major boost for Celtic, despite having already secured the league title with plenty games to spare.
The Hoops are still hot in pursuit of the Scottish Cup title, with a semi-final against Old Firm rivals Rangers scheduled for the end of the month.
Meanwhile, Rodgers is also keen to see his side maintain their remarkable unbeaten domestic record through to the end of the campaign, and a player of Rogic’s quality could have a major impact.
The Australian international will though, have to displace an in-form Stuart Armstrong from his preferred position as a central attacking midfielder in order to win his place back in the starting eleven.