The forgotten Celtic player looks to have turned a corner at the club.
Pre-season friendlies can only tell you so much about a manager’s plans for the campaign ahead and the players likely to be involved.
After all, it is easy to show up in a non-competitive arena when all that is up for grabs is bragging rights. But when it comes to Celtic, it seems one of their forgotten stars could be set for a resurgent campaign if his pre-season to date is anything to go by.
Tom Rogic signed for Celtic two-and-a-half years ago, moving from Australian club Central Coast Mariners for £400,000.
But over halfway through that contract Rogic has played just 15 competitive matches for the Bhoys due to a combination of injuries and a loan spell back in his homeland.
Still only 22, the midfielder has time on his side, and Celtic manager Ronny Deila certainly seems to think the Australian has a part to play, picking him from the start for the friendlies against Den Bosch and Dukla Prague.
Against the former in particular Rogic shone and if he can maintain his fitness he could play a vital role for Celtic once the serious business begins.
Predominantly an attacking midfielder who can also play as a secondary striker or on the left wing if required, Rogic is the kind of player who can adapt to Deila’s plans depending on the opposition, and it is telling that he was used from the start on both occasions while another player looking to impress – Derk Boerrigter – began each game on the bench.
Celtic will need all their first-team players to perform next season, hitting the ground running in the Champions League qualifiers and beyond; and their summer plans to date suggest that Rogic could finally show what he is capable of.