Celtic: Is this Tom Rogic’s successor?

Celtic: Is this Tom Rogic’s successor?

This summer could represent a huge upheaval at Celtic. The Bhoys are on the hunt for a new manager after Neil Lennon resigned while there are others who could depart Parkhead.

Peter Lawwell has already announced his decision to retire, with the club set to replace him with Dominic McKay.

The Hoops are on the hunt for a Director of Football and he could have a busy few months with up to 12 players departing Glasgow.

One of those individuals could be Tom Rogic. The Australian nearly left last summer after Celtic accepted a bid for his services.

He ultimately stayed in Scotland but it is thought that clubs in Asia are still interested in securing his services.

Having scored two goals all season, his loss won’t be particularly great to whoever takes on the managerial reins. It will be important to replace him though.

Celtic could save themselves millions in the transfer market by looking towards one of their young players; Scott Robertson.

The 19-year-old has only made one senior outing for the Glaswegians and spent the first part of the current campaign on loan at Gillingham in the English Football League. He is now on loan at Doncaster and like Rogic, has played in a multitude of positions.

Now, it’s important to note that Robertson is more defensive than Rogic. However, he’s played in central midfield and behind the striker at various points this term.

On top of that, he has also played on the wing, another area of the pitch than the Australian is familiar with.

Robertson’s only appearance in that position for Gillingham garnered an assist during a 4-1 win over Rochdale in December. On that occasion, he recorded four key passes, the second-highest number of anyone on his team.

With that kind of figure in mind, it’s not unreasonable to suggest he could play in forward areas on a regular basis and replace Rogic in the Celtic senior squad.

The Hoops have kept a close eye on his development this season, sending a member of staff to watch him on a weekly basis.

Gills boss Steve Evans noted in November: “I spoke to the people at Celtic and they think he is being educated here, they have sent people to watch him and I talked to them because I said I wasn’t going to include him, they are delighted with his progress.”

Evans continued: “He is simply a wonderful talent.”

The youngster still has plenty to learn but Celtic could do far worse than building their new era around young players, rather than those – including Rogic – that have let them down this term.

AND in other news, Desmond could sway Ajer’s Celtic future by hiring 47 y/o who’d be a “very good fit”…

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