By Richard Parks
Celtic fans have taken to Twitter to demand the club end the contract stalemate with Tom Rogic and get him tied to a new deal before it is too late.
Rogic, 25, has a deal with the Scottish champions that runs until the summer of 2019 and his future is shrouded in significant doubt amid reports he has rejected an extension and is ready to quit in the coming months.
The Daily Record claimed last month that the Australian attacking midfielder, 25, remains in discussions with Hoops chiefs about a new agreement and that an offer has been tabled, but the player has refused to commit and the club are in the dark as to what his intentions are.
Rogic has struggled with injuries this season but demonstrated his calibre with goals in each of the last two matches against Rangers to lift his haul for 2017-18 to seven goals and eight assists from 35 appearances in all competitions.
Since joining the club in 2014, the player, who, Australian outlet The World Game recently reported is valued at £3.4million, has scored 29 goals and supplied 22 assists from 126 Celtic appearances.
Fans on social media are virtually unanimous in calling for Rogic to get a new deal even though he is not always a first choice for Brendan Rodgers’ side.
Many called on the Hoops to hand the attacker a lifetime contract, with one urging chief executive Peter Lawwell to pull out all the stops to get the deal done.
Here is a selection of their messages on Twitter:
Gee Tam Rogic a contract for life #hunskelper
— Eck Muirhead (@EckMuirhead) April 16, 2018
Offer Tom Rogic a lifetime contract
— Cami (@CamiKool92) April 16, 2018
Rogic needs to sign a new contract pronto… should be offering what ever it takes to get that big man to stay with us ????????
— Peàrse Johnston™ (@PearseJohnston) April 16, 2018
— John Devine (@jaydee3582) April 16, 2018
Get an extra couple of zeros on Tom Rogic contract and get him to sign it .????☘️☘️☘️
— Daniel Tinney (@DTinmey) April 15, 2018
Again today big Tom Rogic showing he is here for the big games. He should be number 1 priority to get tied down to a long contract #celticFC
— Paul McGuire (@pmcguire58) April 15, 2018
A rolling lifetime contract.
— Erin’s Auld Man. (@tartanalterego) April 15, 2018
Never mind whits the goalie doing. Whit Mr lawwell doing with new contract for rogic
— steviebhoy67 (@stephenbhoy67) April 15, 2018
— shannon.???? (@Shannonxmcauley) April 15, 2018