Celtic midfielder Tom Rogic shared that his desire to have a quiet life is worth sacrificing in order to play Champions League football.
The 25-year-old attacking midfielder revealed he took his personal life into consideration when debating whether to sign a new five-year contract with the Hoops.
Rogic stated that while he was a private person who enjoys the peace and quiet of life, it’s worth giving that up in order to regularly win silverware and feature in the Champions League with Celtic.
“It’s a goldfish bowl existence in some ways, but the trade off is playing Champions League football and winning multiple trophies with the Scottish champions,” stated Rogic in an interview with the Daily Record.
“It’s a footballing city, it means everything to the people there and you certainly feel that there is that intense scrutiny and focus on the players.
“I’m a rather private person who enjoys a bit of quiet. There are days I wish I could do things a little differently, but, from a football aspect, I’m very happy with where I’m at.
“I’ve been there long enough to know what that’s like and what it’s about. I’m very comfortable in my surroundings.
“I’m pretty laid back and easy going and we have a pretty hectic schedule which doesn’t allow for much time to get away from football.
“Everything becomes relative, it becomes your new surroundings and your new normal. I prefer to look forward rather than relive the past. I’m in a good moment now in terms of my football.”
Football Insider verdict
Rogic made a smart decision when committing his future to the Bhoys as he will no doubt continue playing Champions League football and cramming silverware into his trophy cabinet for the foreseeable future. It’s interesting that the midfielder’s reason for perhaps visualising his future at another club was simple down to his desire for a simpler life. Playing for the Hoops is no doubt a stressful experience as expectations are always high but clearly he knows that is a burden worth putting up with in order to continue having a successful career. Rogic in the same interview with the Daily Record also expresses his gratitude towards Brendan Rodgers. The Australian international has previously spoken out about his manager’s influence on him deciding to stay but it’s always nice to read that Rogic appreciates all the help his current boss gives him. It seems after signing a new long-term deal with the club and clearly thinking long and hard about the decision, Celtic supporters need not worry about Rogic packing his bags anytime soon.
In other Celtic news, a Hoops player is on the verge of leaving the club