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Tom Rogic: What A Difference A Year Makes

Celtic v Aberdeen - William Hill Scottish Cup Final
Tom Rogic reflects on the goal that won the treble
Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images

HAMPDEN PARK APRIL 17th 2016: Tom Rogic misses the deciding penalty in the Scottish Cup Semi-Final shoot-out against Rangers, all but ending Ronny Delia's time as Celtic manager.

Tom Rogic is consoled by Nir Bitton after missing the vital penalty

HAMPDEN PARK MAY 27th 2017: With the game in injury time, Tom Rogic scores the winning goal against Aberdeen to clinch the Scottish Cup Final and an invincible treble in Brendan Rodgers' first season as Celtic manager.

Tom Rogic celebrates the winning goal against Aberdeen

In a way it was fitting that Rogic was the man to score the now legendary winning goal, as he had been such a big player in the first half of the season, before an injury against Dundee kept him out for more than three months. He had managed to score nine goals before his injury, and was on course for his best season as a Celt.

The player showed great resilience to return from an injury which kept him out for so long, but this isn't the first time that he has recovered from injury issues, as groin problems in 2014 and 2015 meant that he missed almost a year of football and the 2014 World Cup for Australia.

This upcoming summer is a big one for the player, as whilst most of his teammates will be off on holiday Rogic will be playing for Australia in the Confederations Cup then be back at Celtic just before the vital Champions League qualifiers begin in July. So he won't have a break, but Rogic has said that he should be in 'good shape' for the qualifiers.

If the player steers clear of injuries and Celtic manage his playing time well after the exertions of the summer then Rogic could be one of our most important players next season, he has that touch of class that most other players don't, which was shown in his winning goal on Saturday.