I Thought His Legs Had Gone - Exclusive: McLeish in awe of Celtic player after £3.6m bid
Tom Rogic “has been a revelation” for Celtic since returning to the starting XI, according to Alex McLeish.
The former Scotland and Rangers manager, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, admitted he thought the attacking midfielder’s legs may have gone as the Bhoys prepared to sell up in the summer.
As revealed by Football Insider in August, the Hoops received a £3.6million bid from a Qatari side for the Australia international but, as confirmed by Neil Lennon, the deal fell through due to personal terms.
Rogic has since returned as a key member of the squad at Parkhead and has played seven times this season, as well as in the rearranged Scottish Cup semi-final against Aberdeen.
McLeish has lauded the Aussie star for his recent performances and admitted he was wrong in thinking the Hoops ace had lost a touch of his pace.
Asked if he thought Lennon would be delighted to have kept the 27-year-old on board, McLeish told Football Insider: “Not half, absolutely not half, because we spoke about Rogic, right at the start of the current season that he seemed to be a little bit out of things.
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“I’m starting to think with Tom, because he’s got that big, lopey stride, and you’re thinking has Tom got slower, again, back to that legs thing, is he on the wain?
“And then he comes back with performances like that, the games he’s played recently and then in the semi-final – he’s always been a thorn in Aberdeen’s particular ventures over the years and again, he did the damage in the semi-final.
“He’s been a revelation since Neil brought him back into the team.”
Rogic has started two times in his four Premiership appearances this season and chipped in with three assists for the Bhoys.
He is now just four games away from reaching 200 games played for the Glasgow giants.
In other Celtic news, two players have caused Lennon a “big problem”, according to former striker.