Next Game

Maribor v Celtic

Wednesday, 20 August 2014, 19:45

Champions League Qualifying Play-Offs Round

Celtic Park

Last Game

Celtic 6 - 1 Dundee Utd

Saturday, 16 August 2014, 12:45

Scots Prem

Rogic feels ready to kick on

Tomas Rogic is hoping to kick-start his Celtic career this season, with his sights set on another European adventure.

Last Updated: 15/07/13 at 11:33 Post Comment

Tomas Rogic: Has been eased into European football at Celtic

Tomas Rogic: Has been eased into European football at Celtic

Bet £10 Get £30

Daily Offers And Promotions. Join Now & Bet £10 and Get a £30 Free Bet

The 20-year-old playmaker moved to Parkhead in January, swapping life in his native Australia with Central Coast Mariners for that at the top of the Scottish Premier League.

He has been eased into European football by Neil Lennon, with the Bhoys boss wary of expecting too much, too soon.

Rogic is, however, feeling settled in Glasgow and believes he is ready to fight for a regular starting berth - aiding his quest to earn a place in Australia's 2014 World Cup squad.

He told the Daily Record: "Do I need to nail down a place at Celtic to play in the World Cup? Possibly, but I'm up against a lot of good players here who can all do a job in the team.

"However, I'm improving every week at this club. I haven't had much playing time yet but that was to be expected coming into a settled squad last season.

"I just have to keep working hard, wait for my opportunity and make sure that I take it when it comes along.

"It is like a fresh start for me this season. It was a big move coming across to the other side of the world and it does take time to settle on and off the pitch.

"I'm enjoying life in Scotland now. At first it was a bit of a shock because I left the Aussie summer and walked straight into a Scottish winter.

"But that's behind me now. I feel settled and comfortable so I'm looking forward to the year ahead. I want to do well and help Celtic be successful."

If Celtic's season is to be deemed a success, they will want to emulate their achievements from 2012/13 - when they landed the SPL title and made the last 16 of the UEFA Champions League.

Amazing

On the quest for continental glory, Rogic added: "I have the Champions League qualifiers and that will be a new experience.

"I've spoken to the players who have played in them, like the boys here at Celtic, and they all speak so highly of the competition.

"It's regarded as the best there is at club level, so it would be a great achievement if I could play my part in it.

"It would also be good for the club - and could make our season - if we could make it into the group stage again.

"We have to do our best to make sure we get there. I was at the Juventus match in the knockout phase last season and the atmosphere that night at Celtic Park was amazing."

Bet £10 Get £30

Daily Offers And Promotions. Join Now & Bet £10 and Get a £30 Free Bet

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

F

amous. If that can be achieved whilst sitting in your pants and without any degree of hard work, all the better. I have no desire to be famous, but the rest of that line suits me just fine. Great article by the way, well worth the wait.

hunter sanchez
Time To Burst The ITK Bubble

T

here seems to be little focus on the performance of Besiktas. They played very well and stopped Arsenal from playing. Credit has to go to their manager. As much as Arsenal didn't play too well, we kept a clean sheet, but the home side made it very difficult.

Geddy76
Chambers' Poise Impresses Again

H

aha, The Fine? That will really hurt. Thats like me biting someone in my place of work and getting fined 78p. I would round it up to 80p because thats how much a packet of Quavers or a Topic are in the machine. The bans are heavy though, and rightly so.

hump3.
Suarez: I won't bite again

Footer 365

Premier League: Vincent Kompany waiting to see how Liverpool cope with increased demands

Vincent Kompany feels Liverpool will find the Premier League ‘a different competition’ once the Champions League starts.

Transfer News: Stoke had agreed fees for Nathan Redmond and Oussama Assaidi

Stoke chairman Peter Coates has confirmed the club met the asking prices for Nathan Redmond and Oussama Assaidi.

Transfer News: Valeri Bojinov reportedly due to talk to West Ham about Premier League return

Former Manchester City striker Valeri Bojinov has travelled to England amid reports he will hold talks with West Ham.

Mail Box

Dear Brendan, Please Sign Di Maria

That's the request to Brendan Rodgers in the mailbox, and not just because it would annoy Man United fans. Plus, more thoughts on why Arsenal didn't want Cescy back...

Man United Fans Still Pining For Mourinho

The morning mailbox ponders where United might be now had the club appointed Jose Mourinho last season, while Chelsea fans are getting very excited...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property