Australian football rising star Tom Rogic has left Central Coast Mariners and the A-League for European stardom with Scotish powerhouse Celtic.
Rogic had spent the week training with the team in Spain during the European football winter break and made a big impression on manager Neil Lennon.
The Celtic offer was an attractive one for all parties involved. The Mariners, like many A-League clubs, are a little short on cash, making Celtics’ offer of roughly $750,000 a no-brainer. Rogic will command a deal worth as much as $700,000 a season and has a great opportunity to jump straight into the club’s first eleven, which wouldn’t have been so easily accomplished had Rogic gone to a number of other bidding rivals, including English Premier League club Reading.
Celtic is favoured to claim the Scottish Premier League championship and Rogic will also have an opportunity play against Juventus in a Champions League knockout game next month.
Rogic is surely hoping the latest instalment of his journey, which has seen the 20-year-old receive his first couple of starts for the Socceroos in the second half of 2012, will take him even further than the SPL.
Former Socceroo Mark Viduka also joined Celtic as a youngster and found fame in Europe, moving on to play for EPL clubs Leeds United, Middlesbrough and Newcastle United.
Celtic has also reportedly shown interest in young Melbourne Victory star Marcos Rojas.
The 21-year-old New Zealander could be a target of the club next season. The Herald Sun quoted industry experts in late December as saying his transfer value could range between “$600,000 and as high as $1 million”.
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