Tom Rogic finally showed the desire and quality Celtic fans have been “desperate” for this season against St Mirren, according to Noel Whelan. 

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Aberdeen striker and self-confessed Hoops supporter was left raving over the 28-year-old as he ran the show during the Bhoys’ 4-0 win.

The Australia international opened the scoring with a curling left-footed shot from just inside the box and set up Ryan Christie with an assist for the Hoops’ third.

Rogic’s strike was his first league goal of what has been a hit-and-miss season for the midfielder.

Whelan suggested supporters – as well as Neil Lennon – will have been waiting to see the best from the Aussie this term and admitted it was a relief to see him and his teammates finally deliver.

Speaking of Rogic’s performance, Whelan told Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge: “A great finish, shows that quality, a very powerful man, great left foot and he proved it.

Subscribe to Football Insider TV now

“He was at the heart of everything going forward and being that dangerous player and everyone seems to be fighting now, which is a nice word to say for Celtic.

“They seem to be putting up a bit of a fight and showing that consistency in those performances that we’ve been desperate to see this year.

“Right now, a good performance, best away performance, Neil Lennon said, of the season. The first time they’ve scored more than three goals against St Mirren away from home so that’ll be pleasing on many aspects, a confidence booster for everybody, but still a long ways to go to rectify the season they’ve had so far.”

Rogic has played a total of 23 times across all competitions so far, with two goals and four assists to his name.

In other news, Celtic have allowed a player “better than Frimpong” to leave Parkhead, claims Frank McAvennie.