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  • Tom Rogic: Livingston win gives Celts momentum for next Euro test

    Tom Rogic: Livingston win gives Celts momentum for next Euro test

    By: Tony Connelly on 05 Aug, 2018 11:11

  • TOM Rogic’s described Celtic’s win over Livingston as a great start to the season for the seven-in-a-row Scottish champions and highlighted the importance of maintaining momentum for the crucial games which lie ahead.  

    The Australian internationalist opened the scoring in the 3-1 win over Livingston as Celtic unfurled the league flag to mark the start of the 2018/19 season.

    Brendan Rodgers’ Double Treble-winning side started their quest for an eight consecutive league title in convincing fashion with a dominant performance against their newly-promoted opponents.

    Rogic ensured the celebratory atmosphere of Flag Day continued into the game when he converted Jonny Hayes’ cross in the seventh minute to mark Celtic’s first goal of the 2018/19 Premiership season. The 25-year-old has scored many memorable goals in the Hoops but he revealed the goal against Livingston was different to all the others.

    “It was my first header for the club,” Rogic said. “It was a great ball. Jonny gives you that, and sometimes his touch and delivery is half a second quicker than some players. I just wanted to get on to the end of it and thankfully it went in.

    “Maybe for my size I should score a few more headers. It’s something I’ve been working on so it was nice to get the rewards of that, and hopefully I’ll be able to add a few more for the club in the future. It’s a bit of a joke with some of the boys but the most important thing was the win and it was nice to score as well.”

    As well as scoring himself, Rogic was also instrumental in the setting up Edouard’s goal after initiating a Celtic counter-attack, and the Australian was delighted to see the young French striker add another goal to his Celtic tally.

    “We broke quite quickly,” he said. “It was a great touch by James but I think everyone played a part in that. Odsonne’s doing well. It’s good for him to score another goal. I just tried to be positive and drive forward, maybe draw in a bit of the defence. Luckily it worked out for us, it was a good goal.”

    Next up for Brendan Rodgers side is Wednesday night’s UEFA Champions League qualifier against Greek champions AEK Athens, the first leg taking place at Paradise. Rogic said the team are well-prepared for the upcoming test and will look to maintain the momentum and improve with each game.

    “We are in a good place,” he said. “There are a few boys coming back and it’s an important time of the season for us. We are just trying to build momentum.

    “Qualifying is massive for us but it’s just about keeping that momentum going and keep improving and progressing. Obviously still early in the season, players still getting up to 100 per cent fitness.

    “Every game is important to work on that as a team and all-round. We did that on Saturday. It was disappointing to concede but in most parts it was a great start to the season.”

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