The brightest young talent in Australian football, Tom Rogic, may never play in the A-League again. His club, the Central Coast Mariners, have released a statement this morning confirming that a fee has been agreed for the 20-year old wunderkind with Scottish Premier League giants Celtic.
The Mariners on Wednesday confirmed the transfer.
"Central Coast Mariners wish to officially advise that terms have been agreed for the transfer of Tomas Rogic to Celtic FC," the statament read.
"Rogic will now travel to Glasgow from Spain with ‘The Bhoys’, and will discuss personal terms with the Scottish giants over the coming days. Subject to Rogic reaching a personal agreement with Celtic, the attacking midfielder will formally be transferred to Neil Lennon’s team."
The Mariners struck a deal with Celtic believed to be worth nearly $700,000.
The 20-year-old Socceroo impressed Celtic coach Neil Lennon while training with the club for the past week at their camp in Spain.
Lennon requested permission to field Rogic in a trial match against Romanian club Steaua Bucharest, and although Rogic was not available, it is understood he will travel to Glasgow to finalise the move.
''He won't be playing against Steaua Bucharest but they've asked him to come back to Glasgow,'' Mariners director of football Lawrie McKinna said. ''They're over the moon and they're happy with how he's been doing, and if it [the transfer offer] comes in, we'll let him go to Glasgow.''
English Premier League club Queens Park Rangers are set to submit an 11th-hour bid to try to snatch Rogic from Celtic's grasp. QPR have negotiated a deal with the Mariners and will also table their offer by Wednesday morning. However, Fairfax Media understands Rogic is happy with how he has been received and welcomed by the Celtic coach and playing staff, and expects to be wearing the famous green and white hoops before the end of this month's transfer window.
The A-League transfer window continued to heat up on Tuesday after Erik Paartalu completed his switch from Brisbane Roar to Chinese Super League club Tianjin Teda. The 26-year-old defensive midfielder signed a lucrative two-year deal with the club pending a medical test. Paartalu won two A-League titles in his 2½ seasons with the Roar.
''The history books will always mark Erik's on-field contribution in helping secure Brisbane's first two championship trophies,'' Roar coach Mike Mulvey said. ''He has been very professional in my time at the club and shown a commitment in helping the club turn things around.''
Meanwhile, Sydney FC have suffered a blow just days after their last-gasp victory over Melbourne Heart, with defender Pascal Bosschaart ruled out for the rest of the season. Scans confirmed the veteran Dutch centre-back would have to undergo surgery on a heel injury to remove a bone spur and repair a tear in his Achilles tendon.
Bosschaart missed the Sky Blues preseason and first five games this season because of a separate and unrelated Achilles injury. The 32-year-old will be out for six months while undergoing rehabilitation.
''It's definitely a blow for us but we will push on with the players who have been getting the job done in recent weeks,'' Sydney FC coach Frank Farina said.
with Sebastian Hassett