11 Nov Rogic hails Deila for his Celtic transformation
MIDFIELDER Tom Rogic has lavished praise on Celtic manager Ronny Deila after a talk with the Norwegian helped turn around his career at the club.
Rogic had seemingly been the forgotten man at the Hoops after a nightmare start to his life at Celtic because of injury.
But the Aussie has become a prominent figure this season scoring five goals in 17 games for the Scottish champions and, ahead of Australia’s Asian World Cup qualifier against Kyrgystan he lauded Deila for his transformation.
“When the manager came in I spent the first year at the club injured and didn’t play at all,” he told Australia’s Daily Telegraph.
“Towards the back end of last season when I started getting to full fitness, we sat down and he assured me that I had a future at the club and he wanted to see me come in at pre-season as a fresh start, on a par with everyone else in the squad.
“That gave me the confidence to have a target in my mind of what I can do and achieve at the club. They were fantastic in supporting me over the last year and it was great to have that reassurance.
“He’s been fantastic for me, I enjoy playing for him. It gives me a lot of confidence, and makes me want to improve all of my game, using every session and every game as an opportunity to improve.
““Physically this is the best I’ve felt in my career so far, but I’m still looking to get stronger and fitter.
“When you miss that length of time, it will take a while to reach that full potential. I’m not there now, but it feels like I’m heading in the right direction.
“Having the confidence of my club manager is massive. He’s been a great influence, given me a lot of confidence to go out there and play and enjoy my football.”