Done deal: Midfielder signs after Celtic settle terms
By Dominic Toner
Celtic midfielder Tom Rogic has signed a new three-year contract at the club, it was announced on Tuesday afternoon.
The Scottish champions revealed on Twitter that Rogic has agreed a new deal at Celtic Park and has extended his stay until 2019.
— Celtic Football Club (@celticfc) August 9, 2016
Rogic has now committed his long-term future to the club and will hope to help Celtic clinch a sixth successive SPL title this season under new manager Brendan Rodgers.
“The manager’s had a very positive impact on the club so far and I’m sure we will continue to build on that,” Rogic told the club’s website. “It’s a great time to be at the club, and for me to have my future sorted and know that I’m going to be working with the manager for the coming seasons is great.
“The manager’s had a say in me re-signing here, and he has played a big role in me deciding to stay here, and you can tell he’s a top-class manager. I still feel that I have a lot to give and I know that, under him, I can develop and progress and contribute to the team’s success.”
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The Scottish Sun reported that Valencia, Fiorentina and Arsenal were interested in signing the Rogic earlier this summer, as Rogic only had 12 months remaining on his contract at the time.
The Australian international joined Celtic in 2013 and has made 57 appearances in all competitions to date, scoring 10 goals and supplying eight assists from the central midfield position.
Rogic was used as a second half substitute in the opening day victory over Hearts and looks set to be an important player under Rodgers.
The 23-year-old replaced team-mate Eoghan O’Connell in the middle of the park on 73 minutes but it was fellow substitute Scott Sinclair who stole the headlines, after marking his debut with a late winning goal.
Celtic will be aiming to compete in both domestic and European competitions this season and Rogic could be in line to feature in the crucial Champions League qualifying legs against Israeli outfit Hapoel Be’er Sheva.
In other Celtic team news, Leigh Griffiths has posted a Twitter message praising his new team-mate.