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Rogic explains how he can take confidence from Nir Bitton at Celtic

Celtic midfielder Tom Rogic has named the teammate he feels he can take confidence from, as he looks to revitalise his career at the club.

Celtic midfielder Tom Rogic has told the Glasgow Evening Times that he feels he can take inspiration from the way Nir Bitton has progressed at the club.

Rogic has pointed out that the Israeli had a slow start to his career at Parkhead, before developing to become arguably the most important central midfielder in a double winning debut season for manager Ronny Deila, which is an impact that the Australian is looking to mirror.

“We came to the club at similar times. Nir had a bit of a slow start and proved with a run of games what a quality player he is. So of course I take confidence from that,” he told the Glasgow Evening Times.

Immediate priorities

Rogic’s immediate priorities should be to stay fit through pre-season for the club and to present himself as a realistic option for Deila by the time the new Scottish Premiership season gets underway.

He can’t push too hard or think too far ahead because it would be an extremely difficult thing for the player to accept if he set himself back as he pushed hard to get a chance in the first team this summer.

Deila is not a naïve manager and is someone who recognises values such as hard work and commitment. If Rogic carries himself in the right way, the boss will eventually give him a chance.

Massive challenge on his hands

Rogic has a massive challenge to break into the first team because Stefan Johansen was superb in behind the main striker last season.

It will take a real dip in form for Johansen to lose his place in the side on a long term basis, but the benefit for Deila will be that Rogic can really keep him on his toes and encourage him to improve even further next year.

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