Rogic On Verge Of Leaving A-League To Sign With Celtic

Plus Julius Davies moves to Brisbane and Heskey in doubt.

Robert Whiteby Robert White

Rising Australian football star Tom Rogic appears to be on his way out of the A-League after accepting a trip to meet with Scottish giant Celtic.

Rogic will leave tomorrow to train with Celtic in what is understood to not be a trial situation. Rumours are also floating that Celtic have made Rogic’s A-League team, Central Coast Mariners, an offer for the attacking midfielder.

Celtic is currently training in Spain during the European football winter break while a source has told The Australian that a deal is imminent.  

"It is not a trial," said the alleged source to The Australian.

"They want to see him in training with the rest of the players.

"Celtic is a huge club and for them to want to sign Tom is a huge thing."

The 20-year-old Rogic was linked last week to English Premier League club Reading, but the move never eventuated after the player supposedly had second thoughts regarding the arrangement.

While the A-League will be missing out on a great young prospect, the benefit of playing in Europe far outweighs the experience he would gain at home in Australia. As he further develops, expect Rogic to become a stable in Australia’s first eleven.

The Brisbane Roar have signed striker Julius Davies, snatching him away from Melbourne Victory.

Davies has made just two appearances for the Victory and both came towards the end of last season.

Newcastle’s marquee player Emile Heskey looks like he won’t be fit enough for the Jets’ upcoming game against Brisbane.

Heskey has a minor issue with his hip flexor that will require roughly one week rest.

The Jets will also likely be without stand-in captain Ruben Zadkovich who injured his knee at training on Tuesday. Zadkovich has been cleared of any major damage to his knee.

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