By James Black
Australia boss Ange Postecoglou has hailed Celtic star Tom Rogic after helping Australia book their place at next summer’s World Cup in Russia.
The Socceroos secured the 31st of 32 spots with a 3-1 win over Honduras on Wednesday.
Mile Jedinak helped himself to a hat-trick in Sydney to see off the Hondurans in the play-off between the Asian and North American nations.
Postecolgou was delighted with Rogic’s performance and claims he told the Hoops star before the game that it would be his night.
“Tommy Rogic, he was brilliant tonight,” Postecoglou said, as quoted by the Daily Record.
“I said to him before the first game, I knew this was going to be his night.
“Tonight, he was the one who provided that spark.
“We needed him to, because it was going to be tight, and we needed someone like him to break it open, and Tommy was outstanding.”
Australia finished behind Japan and Saudi Arabia in their qualifying section before overcoming Syria in a two-legged Asian play-off.
Honduras came fourth – pipping the United States – in the CONCACAF qualifying section but couldn’t get past the Socceroos.
Rogic has made 22 appearances for the Hoops across all competitions this season, scoring four times and creating a further six goals, and has won 31 caps for Australia.
If Rogic makes the Aussies final squad for Russia it’ll be his first World Cup after missing out on a place in the squad for the 2014 edition in Brazil.
The Australian has been a big part of Celtic’s success under Brendan Rodgers as they have swept everyone aside domestically on their way to a 63-game unbeaten domestic run.
In his time with the Hoops, Rogic has won two Scottish titles, two Scottish Cups and a Scottish League Cup.
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