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Radio silence on Rogic but could there be a reunion with Aaron Mooy?

With the new season about to start in Scotland and England a 30-year-old with talent in abundance and a knack for scoring on the big occasion remains without a club.

A year ago Tom Rogic was in a similar situation but had a World Cup target to aim for although he ultimately lost out as Graham Arnold opted for players from Hearts, St Mirren and the unique talents of Jason Cummings.

Steve Bruce and West Brom was the unlikely post Celtic destination for the midfielder, there were a few glimpses of magic but the 46 match marathon that is the English Championship seemed a strange fit for someone with a ridiculous amount of ability but perhaps a little short on the fitness needed to slog it out Tuesday-Saturday all season long.

After starting just four Championship matches and coming off the bench 16 times Rogic was last sighted as an 89th minute substitute when West Brom lost at home to Sunderland in April.

Since then little has been heard of the former Celt with virtually no rumours linking him with another club.

After leaving Celtic a move to the MLS seemed like a logical choice, either that or a return to Australia nine years after quitting Central Coast Mariners.

For whatever reasons nothing has cropped up, typically there is very limited social media coverage, Rogic doesn’t seem the type to be sharing video clips working out in the gym.

At the age of 30 there should be at least three or four good years ahead for Rogic, not at Celtic levels but enjoying himself in a less stressful environment and passing on the benefits of his experiences.

This summer his former Socceroos team-mate Aaron Mooy did announce his retirement from playing at the age of 32. The strains of constantly chasing fitness targets, travel from Europe to China and Australia just seemed to much but as the season kicks off Mooy might just be getting a little jealous as he looks on from the outside.

Could an enterprising Australian club be up for putting Mooy and Rogic together, it should be a winner at the turnstiles and provide all the incentive in the world for the emerging players coming out of the Academy.

If there is no more playing days for Rogic he does leave behind an incredible legacy, whether he is remembered as a Celtic legend or cult hero remains to be seen but is unlikely to be causing him to lose sleep.

In the summer of 2016 his career looked to be at a crossroads after stalling under Ronny Deila. With Brendan Rodgers coming into the club his prospects weren’t rosy but alongside James Forrest, Mikael Lustig, Stuart Armstrong and Scott Brown he was completely transformed under the former Liverpool boss.

It is doubtful if there is another Rodgers out there to bring out the best in the goal-scoring midfielder, if his playing days are over he leaves behind plenty of memories from a significant role in delivering four of the eight trebles that Celtic have won, so far.

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  • by Pan
    Posted August 1, 2023 1:27 pm 0Likes

    It is well documented that Aaron is a devoted family man and this is the time for his wife and family. He now will fully devote his time to his family and his wife. And kids. Thus, I don’t think that he will extend his career.
    Whether Tom has made a similar decision or not remains to be seen. Nice idea, but families come first and it is their time to be left in peace.

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