Celtic FC‘s Tom Rogic was named to the preliminary squad for Ange Postecoglou’s Australia Socceroos ahead of the FIFA Confederations Cup in Russia. On Saturday, at a rainy, wet and drenched Hampden Park in Glasgow, Scotland, Rogic may have played his way into the final 23.
In the second minute of second half stoppage time, Mikael Lustig‘s ball found Rogic, who slotted it past a very game Joe Lewis en route to a 2-1 comeback win over Derek McInnes’s Aberdeen Football Club that gave Brendan Rogers’s Celtic Football Club a historic treble, winning the Scottish League Cup, the Scottish Premiership and the Scottish Cup.
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Jonny Hayes put the Dons ahead 1-0 on nine minutes but Stuart Armstrong leveled proceedings on 11 minutes. In the second half, Hayes and Kenny McLean nearly finished off a brilliant sequence, but the shocking touch from McLean proved to be a sign of things to come as at the death, Rogic made no mistake to send the Bhoys supporters into dreamland.
“I could have kissed him on the lips,” said Celtic captain Scott Brown. “What a guy! He will go down in the history books for that and he will deserve it. He has been phenomenal this season. He has been injured and back in and as soon as gets into the team, he looks a talent and as though he is going to score all the time. His touch on the ball is such a joy to play.
“A few years ago he went out on loan but he came back and kept working away and it shows you his determination. The gaffer has come in and seen what a good player he is. He gave him that chance and he has taken that. He has dug deep, worked hard and scored goals. He has been a joy to work with.
“It’s a great end to the season. It was hard work and dedication but it’s paid off and we can go and enjoy a couple of days. But I have a game today so I need to make sure I’m alright for that! It was phenomenal and, to be fair, Aberdeen have pushed us all the way in both cups and the league, but our quality has shone through at the end.
“Our strength is togetherness and everyone working hard, whether it’s on the park or off the park in the gym. We have been dedicated, we have been focused on winning games and enjoying football and it has shown on the pitch. It’s not going to sink in for a good couple of days. We are all loving it just now and we will enjoy the celebrations.”
Celtic have not been invited to the International Champions Cup this season due to the club taking part in the UEFA Champions League at that time. However, they will be taking part in the Whitby Town Challenge Cup with returning EPL side Newcastle United and Eredivisie powerhouse AZ Alkmaar. The tournament is scheduled for July 27 and 28, and with the club making the second qualifying round of the UEFA Champions League, having a preseason friendly, a squad of prospective youngsters will be sent to that tournament.