Former Celtic striker Scott McDonald feels Tom Rogic’s stunning Celtic form can be put down to having a manager that believes in him.

The Aussie creator has gone from bit-part player under Neil Lennon to fulcrum of the side in Ange Postecoglou’s system.

McDonald feels Lennon and Rogic wasn’t a match made in heaven with the Northern Irishman unable to trust his maverick midfielder.

But now, the 29-year-old knows exactly where he stands under his former international team boss and Celtic are reaping the rewards.

He told The Sunday Mail: “I’m not surprised Tom is a big player for Celtic again because he’s got a manager who believes in him.

“He’s a player who needs full backing from his coach. That gives him the confidence and freedom to go and be himself.

“You don’t get the best out of Rogic if you don’t let him be him.

“Because of the relationship he had before with Ange, he also knows where the line is with him.

“He knows what his manager wants and needs. That conversation would have been clear at the start when Ange got there “He’d have told Tom: ‘You’re one of the best players here, I believe in you, so get back to your best.’ And he has done that.

“He has been tremendous for Celtic this season. It’s up to him now to keep that consistency going.

“We saw it in the Brendan Rodgers era when he was magnificent for a spell. And this season, he’s been a driving force in terms of keeping them within reach of Rangers at the top of the table, along with Furuhashi.

“Tom is a quiet lad to the outside world. It takes a specific kind of character for him to buy into.

“The relationship with previous managers didn’t quite work for him. I don’t think Neil ever really trusted Tom.

“You get that in football, it doesn’t mean anyone’s right or wrong. Tom just never fitted in under Neil.

“But Brendan told Tom right away that he was his No.10, his attacking midfielder who would make things happen.

“For two and a half seasons under him, he was unplayable. And he’s starting to get back to that level now.”