Brave New Dawn?
While some of us were whiling away a rather pleasant afternoon in Clydebank-Chandlers,highly recommended!-in the company of fellow Celts whom we haven’t seen for some time,Tom Rogic broke cover and revealed that he intends to spend the summer getting himself fit for the new season. And more importantly,for the new manager whoever he might be.
Will we name the new manager before Rogic finally gets himself fit? Will,in fact,Griff get himself fit before Rogic can break into as much as a trot? Will hell freeze over first? These are all valid questions rather than flippant ones,given the lack of endeavour we have seen from some of our highly paid stars over the last season in particular,and the lack of professionalism shown too by some has been alarming indeed.
Rogic,it seems,has decided to forego the glamour and glory of various trips to South East Asia on behalf of his country in favour of resurrecting a career which probably has at best five years left,and has decided that the best place to do so is at Celtic Park. That’s very good of him,you might say. Where the f..k have you been for the last couple of years when we bloody needed you?
Let’s take this situation back to first principles of market value with regards to football. Tom Rogic is nowhere near as valuable or as marketable as he was two years ago simply due to his performances or lack thereof in that period. On top of which,he is two years older,and has a simply appalling injury record. His optimum value was probably in the summer of three years ago,at the age of 25 and a top performer for both club and country with Celtic and Australia. Of course,he performed up to or near to those standards the following season-the one which proved to be the last under Brendan Rodgers-but it has been very much a downward spiral since then.
For a player of such undoubted ability,he has been far too often a letdown at Celtic-yet he is around 18 months from qualifying for a testimonial! Notoriously injury-prone,yet so vital to the team when he gets up a head of steam. And yet,and yet…
When Neil Lennon was appointed full-time manager again two years ago,I told ATHINGOFBEAUTY that you can forget about building a midfield around Rogic and McGregor. He treated them like crap first time around and he isn’t the type to have changed his opinions just because they’ve proved him wrong by making themselves indispensable to both Deila and Rodgers in his absence. Lennon seemed to have a knack of just dismissing players on a whim,nothing they could do would change that. This isn’t hindsight,I’ve said it here before and also elsewhere. And I’m not the only person to arrive at that conclusion,nor are they the only players to whom that applies.
Check the stats on both players under the three managers if you don’t believe me,you will be surprised-and probably not in a good way.
That is by the by,this piece isn’t being used to slaughter the man-management approach of Neil Lennon. It is simply to point out that Rogic probably realised that he was screwed again when Lennon returned,and he should probably have tried to leave right away. We have seen also the diminishing returns in that period from McGregor too,and I genuinely believe for the same reasons. If Tom Rogic has decided to get himself up to scratch for the new season,put himself bang centre of thinking for the new manager,then I’m absolutely delighted. I hope that players like CalMac and others will also get ideas of a Brave New Dawn,and start being all that they can be again,all that we know that they should be.
Maybe Griff himself might even be tempted to try it-the thought of McBurnie being ahead of him for Scotland should torment him for eternity.
A new manager usually gives a wee impetus to any side. The prospect of working under a new type of manager,professionally focused,that should put another extra spring in the step. If we can get one who inspires the likes of Rogic and CalMac to regain their positivity and professionalism that they had under Rodgers,we are a good bit nearer to getting the show back on the road.
Rogic deciding to work hard over the summer hasn’t made us title favourites,not by any means. But as an indication that a change of manager means a change of direction,it certainly makes me feel more hopeful than I’ve felt for a long time.
Just as long as he isn’t the only player to feel that way!!!
Above article by BMCUWP