The resurgent Tom Rogic may not have got a “cuddle” from Ange Postecoglou when the former Socceroos coach arrived at Celtic, but he did get some much-needed security and comfort that his football would again flourish under the new Hoops manager.
A reborn Rogic is revelling under Postecoglou, who has implemented a style of attacking play at Celtic – who are on a six-match winning streak in all competitions – that perfectly suits the Socceroos playmaker.
“I’d love to think I am guy that walks around with a halo above his head and gives off a glow that everyone loves, but for Tom it was more about feeling good about himself again, getting his body right, (and) playing the football that he can play,” Postecoglou told Scottish reporters.
“The one thing he did know with me coming was the kind of football we were going to play and that would be suited to him.
If he could get himself right physically, and be in a good head space, he would enjoy his football. That I do know.”
Ange Postecoglou celebrates another win. Picture: Ian MacNicol/Getty ImagesSource:Getty Images
Postecoglou said Rogic was “one of those special players” that created excitement.
“I get excited watching him play and he creates some special things,” he said of the former Central Coast Mariners star.
“Ultimately, Tom’s still got a great deal ahead of him and can be a really influential player, and I am super pleased to have him in my team.
“I am not the cuddles type but I try and provide an environment where they feel comfortable and can be the best they can be.
“That’s what I try and create every day for everybody – players and staff.”
Celtic, 6-0 weekend winners over St Mirren, will chase a seventh successive victory in Friday morning’s second leg of their Europa League playoff against Dutch club AZ Alkmaar.
Postecoglou’s men head to the Netherlands leading 2-0 after last week’s first leg at Celtic Park.
They then return to Glasgow for Sunday night’s Old Firm derby against Rangers at Ibrox Stadium.
“We are going to improve after we won 6-0 but we are still at the beginning of what we are trying to build,.” Postecoglou said.
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