Rogic to join Celtic as clubs agree terms
Canberra product Tomas Rogic is likely to sign a new deal with Celtic. Photo: Getty Images
Young Canberra playmaker Tomas Rogic is poised to follow in Mark Viduka's footsteps by joining Celtic in Scotland after A-League leaders Central Coast Mariners agreed terms for his transfer.
Recently capped for Australia, the highly regarded Rogic has been trialling with the Scottish giants at their mid-season camp in Spain.
He will travel to Glasgow to discuss personal terms after gaining clearance when the Mariners agreed to transfer terms on Wednesday.
It's another big step in the rapid rise of the 20-year-old, who has only held a professional contract for one year.
It is believed Celtic considers him first-team material in the short term, meaning he could even be involved in the club's Champions League games against Juventus next month.
Clubs who reach the last 16 of the Champions League are permitted to add three players to their registered European squads by February 1.
''It's a fantastic opportunity. Celtic's a massive club,'' Central Coast football general manager Lawrie McKinna said on Wednesday. ''Obviously he has to settle his personal terms with them but the clubs have agreed and it's a great move for him.
''They're playing in the Champions League this year - they'll be playing in the Champions League next year.
Mark Viduka went there as a stepping stone and it was great for him and, with the style of play there, I think he'll [Rogic] go over and be a standout.''
McKinna said the move was also great for the Mariners. ''It puts us on the map with another big club. He's had EPL teams like QPR and Fulham and Reading interested in him as well. It speaks volumes for what the boy has achieved in a year and a half.''
The Mariners could lose more players before the January transfer window closes, with goalkeeper Mat Ryan and striker Bernie Ibini both attracting interest in Europe.
Ryan was linked with Scottish club Rangers but McKinna said that deal fell through because the Glasgow club could not guarantee which division it would be in next season. The goalkeeper continues to be linked with Danish club Randers. AAP