Former Glasgow Celtic player Scott McDonald has suggested that Tom Rogic faces a huge question over his future at the Scottish club.
The Australia international has been a huge part of the Bhoys’ success over recent seasons, but he has struggled to make as much of an impact on the current campaign, leading to doubts over what is to come for him in Glasgow.
Celtic have shot clear of rivals Rangers in the race to the Scottish Premiership title in recent weeks, but Rogic has only started just five league matches this term.
He played from the outset as the Bhoys beat Kilmarnock on Sunday afternoon, but that was the first time he played from the beginning since December 1, as he has struggled to fit into the 3-5-2 formation which Neil Lennon currently employs.
McDonald has his own views on the situation, and believes that Rogic has a big decision to make in the summer, unless things change dramatically between now and then.
“Tommy has been a victim a bit of injuries he’s sustained, especially so last season, and this season players like Ryan Christie have been chosen ahead of him, although even he now is struggling to be picked.” SBS quote him as saying.
“Celtic have changed their shape into a 3-5-2 with no number 10, and that’s Tommy’s position.
“It’s made it tough for him but he can still come in and change games and that makes him highly valued by the club.
“For him, right now, it’s a bit of a waiting game. He signed a long contract a year ago and I imagine he’ll be on good terms.
“From that point of view, does he want to move? And if he does, can somebody afford to pay the transfer fee Celtic would want.
“They’d ask for a decent sum because they are very shrewd in the way they do business and wouldn’t let him go cheap, even though he’s not played so many minutes this season.”
“It’s a matter of being patient. It’s in his own hands now and there’ll be other opportunities for him between now and the end of the season to start matches.
“He might have other thoughts and there will be other options for him if he wants to look that way.
“But at the same time Celtic has been a great place for him over the years, and I’m sure there’s still a future there for him. Knowing both parties, I’d say they’d still be happy at this moment in time.”
Rogic has been at Celtic since 2013, but the Glasgow giants are stacked with quality players now, meaning the time at Celtic Park for the Australian could be running out.
Should I stay or should I go?
Rogic has proven at both international level and in Celtic’s recent successes that he can be an influential playmaker with an eye for goal.
English Premier League sides may well be looking at the midfielder’s current situation and feel they could land a bargain buy in the summer.
For Rogic, regaining a place in the Celtic team will be his initial goal before deciding on where his future lies.
However, the emergence of Ryan Christie has also hampered the Australian’s chances of regular selection.
With other opportunities available in the summer, it may well be time for Rogic and Celtic to part ways and the player to embark on a new adventure.
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