Socceroos Central: Rogic stars, Irvine 'poor'

by Ben Somerford on Mar 08, 2020

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Tom Rogic backed up his midweek goal with a start and an assist as Celtic defeated St Mirren 5-0 in the Scottish Premiership on Saturday.

Rogic, who was replaced after 73 minutes, laid off the pass for Leigh Griffiths to make it 2-0 in the 44th minute.

The Socceroo, who tested St Mirren keeper Vaclav Hladky in the first half with a curling effort, produced a deft first-time right foot pass as Griffiths worked a one-two for his goal.

Rogic earned an 8/10 rating from Celtic blog Hail Hail 67 who wrote: “An excellent performance from the mercurial midfielder, who was full of his usual tricks and great touches.

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“A lovely pass helped set up Leigh Griffiths for his second goal. Judging on this performance, he should be one of the first names on the team sheet for the trip to Ibrox.”

Celtic boss Neil Lennon said: "Tom is a great player, he had his injury problems early on in the season but he’s come back and looking very strong and fit."

Jackson Irvine received a “poor” rating while Callum Elder wasn’t much better but got an assist as Hull City lost 5-1 at Stoke City in the English Championship on Saturday.

Irvine returned to the Hull City stating line-up and played a full game but only got a 3/10 rating from the Hull Daily Mail, who wrote: “Recalled as captain on his 27th birthday but failed to be the leader this rudderless ship so badly needs.

“No questioning his commitment even in a losing cause but he looks a shadow of the player he used to be.”

Elder got a 4/10 rating from the Hull Daily Mail who wrote: “Stoke led a merry dance down his flank at times, with the lack of cover regularly leaving him in two-on-one situations.

“At least kept on battling and set up the consolation for Da Silva Lopes with a clever cross.”

Mat Ryan and Aaron Mooy both played their part as Brighton & Hove Albion claimed a commendable 0-0 draw at Wolverhampton in the English Premier League on Saturday.

Ryan, who put in a full shift, received a 7/10 from the Brighton & Hove Independent who wrote: “No saves to make in the first half. Showed confidence when he was forced to use his feet a few times. Was on hand to save Raul Jimenez's effort in the box.”

Mooy, who started and played 89 minutes, earned a 6/10 rating: “Didn't offer as much going forward as he has in previous games but still showed a determination to win the ball back when defending.”

On Sunday, Ajdin Hrustic put in a full shift and came close to scoring in the second half as FC Groningen lost 1-0 at home to PSV Eindhoven in the Dutch Eredivisie.

Mathew Leckie made his first appearance since November due to a knee injury, coming on as an 89th minute substitute in Hertha Berlin’s 2-2 draw with Werder Bremen in Germany’s Bundesliga on Saturday.

Others
Full games

Awer Mabil, Jimmy Jeggo, Martin Boyle, Lyndon Dykes, Harry Souttar, Ryan Williams, Craig Goodwin, Brad Jones
Minutes
Oliver Bozanic – ST 46, Ryan Edwards – ST 71, Apostolos Giannou – ST 54
Unused subs
Brandon Borrello, Aziz Behich, Brad Smith, Kenny Dougall, Thomas Beadling, Tomi Juric
Notable absentees
Massimo Luongo, Mark Milligan, Alex Gersbach, Zac Duncan

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