By Russell Edge

25th Feb, 2018 | 7:09pm

Confirmed: Celtic push to seal deal for reported contract rebel after bombshell claim

Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers has confirmed that he is hoping to keep hold of Australian midfield star Tom Rogic after claims that he had turned down a new contract with the club.
A midweek report from The World Game in Australia made the bombshell claim that the 25-year-old had rejected an offer from the Hoops and that he was seeking an exit from Parkhead after signing back in 2013.
His current contract is set to expire next summer, meaning that he will be able to sign a pre-contract agreement for a free transfer next January, and despite the report of the international star seeking an exit, the Daily Mail state that the club are still engaged in talks over tying his future down at Celtic Park.
Now Rodgers has confirmed that the club will push to seal a deal for Rogic, and that he himself is desperate to see the 31-cap maestro remain with the Hoops for the foreseeable future.
Speaking of the report of the player’s rejection, he told the Daily Record: “It was the first I heard of it. It will always be between the club and the players’ representatives but he’s got a year and a half left here.
“He’s been brilliant in my time here and we want to keep him. It will be ongoing with him and his representatives.”
Rogic has made 120 appearances for the Bhoys since his arrival from Australian side Central Coast, scoring 26 goals and chipping in with 21 assists.
This season has seen his playing time limited as a result of injury, but he has still managed to turn out 29 times across all competitions, netting four strikes and setting his team mates up for a further seven goals.
In other Celtic news, Rodgers has targeted Rangers with a sly dig after victory against Aberdeen.

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