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  • Rogic has Aussie World Cup qualification in his sights

    Rogic has Aussie World Cup qualification in his sights

    By: Joe Sullivan on 11 Nov, 2015 15:59

  • TOM Rogic is now back in his native Australia and will be busily getting his body fully recovered after a ten-and-half thousand-mile flight from Glasgow to Canberra for the Socceroos’ World Cup qualifier against Kyrgyzstan in the GIO Stadium tomorrow (Thursday).

    Then he and his team-mates will prepare for a nine-thousand-mile trip to Dacca for their next game against Bangladesh in the Bangabandhu National Stadium on Tuesday before he makes his way back to Glasgow for Celtic’s next game against Kilmarnock on the following Saturday.

    He flew out from Glasgow first thing on Monday morning just hours after returning from playing a starring role in the Hoops’ 4-1 win over Ross County in Dingwall on Sunday afternoon.

    The Aussies currently sit second in their Asiatic Group B, four points behind Jordan who have played a game more, and go into the games with a 2-1 away win over Kyrgyzstan already behind then and a 5-0 home win over Bangladesh in which Rogic himself scored.

    The midfielder said in this week’s Celtic View: “There’s only so much you can do but I’m obviously as best prepared as I can for the games this week.

     “There’s a bit of travel and a couple of games and then back here the following Wednesday, but that’s the nature of it and it’s just something you have to deal with.

    “Any chance to represent your country is great so I’m certainly not going to turn that down and after last season when I was out through injury, it’s good to be getting as many games as I am.

    “I’m just looking to build on the start to the season and there’s still a lot of football to come and hopefully I can keep improving.

    “It’s not easy, but after the flight I will get my body recovered as quickly as I can for the game on Thursday and go from there, but there’s nothing you can do about it, you just have deal with it and be professional .”

    The Aussie struck with the opener after 38 minutes on Sunday and it proved to be a crucial goal as Ross County were defending in depth and making things difficult for the Hops.

    Rogic said: “It’s not an easy place to get a result at and the conditions in the first half were terrible and they had a chance just before that to score with a header, so it was important to get that first goal and set the team off on a positive note.

    “It was nice to score at an important time as it was still 0-0 and quite intense so that was good. Then we came out in the second half and got a couple of goals and that made it a bit more comfortable.

    “It was possibly my best goal, it depends how you look at it but it’s always good to score and hopefully I’ll keep adding to that and just build on this now.”

    That was Rogic’s fifth goal of the current term and it was added to in the second half by a Leigh Griffiths double before Nir Bitton rounded of the scoring late in the game and the Australia internationalist admitted that his confidence is growing in front of goal.

    He said: “I am more confident but it’s easy for me when I’m playing behind Griff as he’s always adding goals and he’s on fire at the moment.

    “So that takes a bit of pressure away from others to score but it also gives others confidence to go on and do the same thing.

    “I think in the role I play it’s important to contribute to the game, whether it’s creating or scoring, it doesn’t really matter.

    “It’s just about creating those chances for people to score and it was nice to get on the scoresheet against Ross County and get a good win and a good performance.

     “It’s always important to bounce back after a negative result, especially coming up to the international break it was important to get that result and then come back and work on through Christmas and into the New Year.”

    For the full interview with Tom Rogic, see this week’s Celtic View, out now.

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