Rogic felt wonder goal coming

Socceroos and Celtic midfielder Tom Rogic admits a wonder-goal was stored in his locker before he took the pitch against Kilmarnock.

Celtic's Tom Rogic celebrates

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The former Central Coast Mariners player unleashed an unstoppable rocket to ensure his Scottish Premier League side beat Killie 1-0 by the skin of their teeth at Rugby Park.

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But Rogic admits his sensational strike was no fluke and he had been scoring similar strikes for fun at the Hoops Lennoxtown training centre.

"I felt last week in particular I had a really good week," Rogic said.

"And when you get a chance you just have to take it. It doesn't always happen like that but fortunately this time it did. The last couple of days in training I did score a couple but not quite like that.”



Rogic had been sidelined with an ankle injury he suffered at the start of the year but has made an encouraging return to full-fitness.

"At the end of January, I hurt my ankle against Hamilton so I was out for a few weeks, and when you lose your place in the team sometimes, you just have to work hard, we've got a good squad, and show the coaches what you can do in training,” Rogic said.

"As a substitute you want to try and have an influence on the match. Obviously we all want to be starting, but that's a decision the coaches make and, as a player, you just have to respect that and be as ready as you can as a substitute and try to have an influence when you come on. Thankfully that was the case for me."

Twenty-four hours after the game and the 23 year-old on his way back to Australia boasting a huge grinning smile as he met up with coach Ange Postecoglou and his international team-mates.

The Socceroos face Tajikistan in Adelaide on Thursday and Harry Redknapp's Jordan in Sydney next Tuesday.


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Published 24 March 2016 at 6:42am