Tom Rogic and Ange Postecoglou celebrate Celtic win
A brilliant second-half cameo from Socceroos star Tom Rogic helped Ange Postecoglou’s Celtic secure victory over Aberdeen.
Celtic boss Ange Postecoglou has lavished praise on Tom Rogic after the Socceroos star played a key role in the Hoops’ winning goal in their much-needed 2-1 Scottish Premiership away victory over Aberdeen.
Starting on the bench after needing “freshening up” following a heavy load of matches, Rogic played the defence-splitting pass that led to Celtic’s second goal from Portuguese attacker Jota in 84th minute.
The win was Celtic’s first away victory since February and a positive response to their disastrous 4-0 Europa League home loss to German club Bayer Leverkusen a few days earlier.
“To be fair to Tom and David Turnbull, they’ve carried a tremendous load since the start of the season because we just haven’t had the options in midfield, so I think freshening up Tommy a little bit today helped him,” former Socceroos coach Postecoglou said.
“He’s still a fantastic player. He sees things that others don’t and he played a great ball.”
Postecoglou hailed his players’ “tremendous character” following Lewis Ferguson’s equaliser for Aberdeen in the 56th minute after Celtic had taken a first-half lead through Japanese striker Kyogo Furuhashi.
“We obviously had a disappointing night (against Leverkusen), and we know our troubles in the league, particularly away from home, so with all those factors, and even the manner in which we did it … I thought the players showed tremendous character at 1-1 not to settle for that and to try to get the winner and I’m really pleased they got their rewards.” he said.
“It’s important because there’s no doubt this year we’ve played some good football, but probably the one thing we haven’t shown is that when we needed to get ourselves out of a hole or whatever situation we’ve been in, we’ve struggled to do that.
“I think the players will get tremendous belief out of today. It’s not an easy place to come and win. They were desperate for points, throwing everything at us.”
Celtic’s win moved them to 13 points on the ladder. They remain six points behind leaders Rangers, who beat Hibernian 2-1.
Postecoglou is desperate for his players, including Rogic, to avoid injuries during this week’s break for international matches.
“The last international break wasn’t great for me so I’m not sure how I feel about international breaks,” he said.
“It is good having that positive feeling and the next two weeks give us the chance to get some players up and running who are out injured, and get some work into some others who need it.
“Fingers crossed they all get through the international window and we have a stronger squad to then sustain a bit of a run after everyone gets back.”