Are Celtic saying goodbye to Thomas Rogne?

Written by Danny Collins.

THERE has been a very mixed week within Celtic Park as a draw in Perth saw the Hoops go 18 points clear, then a win against a spirited Dundee side rocketed them into a 21 point lead at the summit of the table. 
 
However, news broke this week that central defender Thomas Rogne has rejected a new contract offer.

Rogne (22) has been at the club since 2010 and in that time, the Norwegian centre back hasn’t done anything overly impressive but has been near enough solid in every game he’s played for the club.  His decision to reject a new contract suggests he’s dissatisfied with his offer which is a surprise in many supporters’ eyes.  He’s still a young player with plenty of potential and could still have a big future at the club.

Celtic fans can argue that we have suitable centre backs in the first team squad who can fill in for Rogne, but do we really? Ambrose, Wilson, Mulgrew.  It’s a 50-50 gamble every time Ambrose plays, he can have extraordinary games but then can stick out like a sore thumb.  Mulgrew also, although he’s been played in midfield and down the left side a lot this season.

The point I’m making here is that Rogne is perfectly capable of playing week in week out and even if he doesn’t start, he’s solid cover to our defence for when we need it.  Neil Lennon should be sitting down with Rogne trying to persuade him to sign a new contract, committing his future.  

However, it’s understandable if Rogne wants to move elsewhere, he’s been in and out of the team and at a young age, perhaps this is what the youngster aims to be achieving; a fluent, consistent run of games.  He may feel that he needs to go somewhere else other than Celtic to find this.          

We don’t know everything that goes on behind the scenes though so maybe the player is demanding an unrealistic pay packet, if this is indeed the case then it is completely understandable why the club has not jumped to offer him his desired improved offer. 

ALTHOUGH I own a season ticket, I never attended Sunday’s game with Dundee as it would have cost an extra £27.  £27 to watch Dundee at home at quarter to one on a Sunday…no wonder there was a crowd shy of forty thousand.   

It’s understandable that the Dundee game was originally going to be an Old Firm derby before Rangers were not voted in to the league and that explains the price of the ticket, but surely the Celtic board can see that this is not an Old Firm game and use common sense to decrease the price of the ticket.

After 2012’s interim report at the club, it’s evident that Celtic are not suffering from the loss of Rangers whatsoever so why not decrease the price of a Dundee ticket by a tenner or so?  It’s a guarantee that with cheaper tickets, there will be a better crowd.

However this is an argument that has been going about Scotland for years, ticket prices within clubs should be cheaper.  Last November I went to Newcastle to take in a game, Newcastle – Swansea cost me £15.  This was for a student ticket; a normal adult ticket would cost around £23.  Compare this to Scottish football and your left shocked at the prices up here.   

£27 is a lot of money to most people, and to some, like myself; money that cannot afford to be spent.  To have more fans flocking through the gates on a Saturday, Sunday, Wednesday, whenever the game may be, ticket prices have to be reduced at Parkhead.

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