'McInnes won't be happy' - Exclusive: McLeish reacts to big Celtic transfer reveal
Alex McLeish has claimed that Aberdeen boss Derek McInnes will not be happy that Tom Rogic is set to stay at Celtic after a transfer away fell through.
The former Scotland manager, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, dubbed the Hoops star “The scourge of the Dons” after his impressive record of scoring against their Premiership rivals.
As quoted by the Scottish Sun, Lennon confirmed that the 27-year-old’s prospective move to Qatar had collapsed due to personal terms and that he was back in contention for the Celtic squad.
The Hoops boss has since been quoted by GlasgowLive as saying he hopes to get Rogic game time over the next week after he missed out on the squad for Wednesday’s win over St Mirren.
McLeish believes that Lennon will be delighted that the Australian star will be sticking around at Parkhead but suggests rival managers, such as Aberdeen’s McInnes, will not be so pleased.
“He certainly has been a gamechanger over the last three or four years,” McLeish told Football Insider.
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“If his legs were going, that would be the only thing that would go against him. He’s in his prime, that’s an absolute result for Neil Lennon, if he can get Tom to Tom’s peak level of fitness.
“He’s almost been the scourge of Aberdeen over the last six years. Every time I’ve seen him against Aberdeen he’s done inside and the curler, he’s done it every time in the cup games and the league and I’ve thought: ‘The scourge of the Dons’.
“Derek McInnes, my good friend Derek, won’t be happy he’s back and staying in Scotland. A very good player but Tom hasn’t really played much of recent times, we haven’t seem him get to that top form.”
Rogic has netted five goals and contributed four assists in 19 appearances against Aberdeen and has lost just twice against the Dons.
He is yet to play for Lennon’s men this season but did feature as an unused substitute against both Reykjavik and Hamilton.
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