Kris Boyd has questioned the work rate of Celtic star Tom Rogic during Sky Sports’ coverage of Sunday’s 3-3 draw at Pittodrie between the Scottish champions and Aberdeen – despite Aussie midfielder Rogic proving to be crucial for Neil Lennon’s side.
The pressure has continued to mount on the shoulders of Celtic boss Lennon after the Hoops failed to get back to winning ways. Celtic have now gone three games without a win – losing to Rangers and AC Milan, and drawing with Aberdeen.
Celtic looked as though they were going to win 3-2 with moments left – after Rogic had laid on two assists, with goals coming from Callum McGregor, Leigh Griffiths and Ryan Christie. But a late Lewis Ferguson penalty saw the two sides draw.
Rangers icon Boyd was asked what Celtic need to get back to winning ways, and he responded by stating Celtic need hard-working players. He picked out Rogic as an example, claiming Celtic “don’t need” a player like the Aussie.
“Hard work. There’s no getting away from it. Whatever way you look at it, the only way you can turn around results is by working hard on your opponents, and things will happen,” Boyd said.
“You can include Tom Rogic in this, he was walking about in stages here, and for Celtic right now, they don’t need that. They need players that are going to work their socks off from the first minute to the last minute.”
TBR’s view – Rogic’s creativity might just be Celtic’s get-out-of-jail card
Boyd is right in stating that Celtic need hard-working players. Forget the quality, Celtic need to prove they are a better side by showing on the pitch that they want it more – but creativity is still required against a defensive block.
Rogic is ideal. He showed on Sunday with two assists that he offers something different to Celtic, with inch-perfect balls into McGregor and Griffiths. While Boyd is right, £4m-rated (Sun) Rogic showed on Sunday that he needs to be used more often.