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World Cup: Socceroos midfielder Tom Rogic takes confidence from stunning strike for Celtic

Socceroos midfielder Tom Rogic is ready to make an impact on the international stage after scoring what he's described as the best goal of his career.

After producing a stunning match-winning strike for his Scottish club Celtic on the weekend, Rogic has turned his focus to helping Australia punch its ticket to the next stage of World Cup qualification.

The Socceroos take on Tajikistan at the Adelaide Oval on Thursday night and Jordan in Sydney next Tuesday.

Hampered by injury over the past few years, Rogic demonstrated his immense talent with an outrageous 30m strike in the 90th minute to give Celtic a 1-0 win against Kilmarnock in the Scottish Premier League.

The 23-year-old Canberra product made an immediate impact after coming off the bench, with his goal giving Celtic a four-point buffer at the top of the table.

"I don't think I've scored better," Rogic said.

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"I knew before I got the ball that if I could turn I would have a bit of space and I wanted to try and shoot.

"I don't think I realised at the exact moment how far out I was.

"It all happened very quickly. It was a massive moment and one I won't forget."

Rogic has been plagued with injuries throughout his short career and missed the World Cup in 2014 and last year's Asian Cup.

His return to fitness and form gives Socceroos coach Ange Postecoglou a welcome headache at the selection table.

"He has been a massive bonus for us," Postecoglou said.

"He's had a really strong season at Celtic, he has scored a cracker at the weekend, there is no doubt Tommy is someone who I think can really add to the group.

"When I'm facing two games in a window, I have got three or four guys and can literally pick any one of them knowing that we're going to have a really strong team out there."

Rogic arrived in Adelaide on Monday to link up with the Socceroos, declaring himself ready for whatever role he is asked to fulfil during the next two games.

"The game was an early kick-off in Scotland on Saturday so it gave me a bit more time to get to Australia," Rogic said.

"I've played over 30 games this season so I'm not concerned about my fitness.

"Things have gone well this season, so I'm feeling confident and I'm feeling good for the matches coming up."

Rogic's impressive form with Celtic has caught the attention of several clubs, including Championship outfit Leeds United.

He has another year to run on his contract and has started negotiations to extend his stay in Glasgow.

"We're still speaking to the club," Rogic said.

"I'm very happy at the club and I'm enjoying my time there.

"Hopefully we can agree to something sooner rather than later because I'm happy there."

Rogic has been joined in the Socceroos squad by fellow Canberra product Jason Geria.

The Melbourne Victory defender is in line to make his senior international debut if he's called on to the pitch.

Once his international commitments are over, Rogic will return to Celtic trying to win the SPL title and the Scottish Cup.

"We have the Scottish Cup to play for, we're in the semi-finals of that, and we're sitting on top of the league and there's not long left in the season," Rogic said.

"If we can perform well we give ourselves a chance of winning some trophies.

"That's what the club's known for and what every player wants to do."

FIFA WORLD CUP QUALIFIER

Thursday: Socceroos v Tajikistan at Adelaide Oval, 8pm.

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