By Richard Parks
Glenn Hoddle has been raving about Celtic playmaker Tom Rogic as clubs start sniffing around the contract rebel.
That is according to former Hoops striker Chris Sutton, who has urged the club to pull out all the stops to tie the Australia international, 25, to a new contract.
Rogic has just over a year remaining on his current deal and has reportedly rejected one offer of an extension, to throw his future at Celtic into major doubt ahead of the summer transfer window.
“Rogic is the best Daily Record column today (Friday).the club has. Leading up to Christmas, Celtic’s lack of creativity was an problem and it was no coincidence the Aussie was out injured,” Sutton wrote in his
“He’s a huge talent. 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.
“If he’s caught Glenn’s eye, coaches and scouts will be aware. That’s why the timing is crucial.
“Go through some of the recent World Cups and you’ll accept that it doesn’t take much to win a move on the back of one.
“Average players have a couple of good games on the big stage and earn moves. Rogic isn’t an average player. If he turns on the style for Australia in a few matches, clubs will be banging down his agent’s door.”
Football Insider verdict:
It is a measure of Rogic’s talent that Tottenham legend and football great Hoddle has been blown away by his skills. The former playmaker is one of the greatest to grace the English game and knows quality when he sees it. Celtic certainly need to tie Rogic down to a new contract. His dazzling feet, ability to carry the ball forward and pull away from defenders in tight spots make him very difficult for opponents to stem, and he is a player that Brendan Rodgers can ill afford to lose. Like Moussa Dembele, Rogic also saves his best for the marquee matches, a sign of a player comfortable with the big stage. Celtic are in a difficult situation as the Aussie enters the final year of his deal, although one they have been in many times before, as they were with Stuart Armstrong this time last year. The sense is that Rogic will wait to see what interest there is in his services on the back of the World Cup before making a decision on his future. By then, it could be too late for Celtic.
In other Celtic news, it has been revealed today that the Scottish champions have launched a bid to sign the a brilliant English Championship player who is out of contract this summer.