By James Black
Celtic’s Tom Rogic has opened up after Australia’s epic 22-game qualifying campaign for net summer’s World Cup in Russia, claiming that their success is nothing less than what they deserve.
The midfielder has played a key role for the Socceroos as they secured a place in the World Cup finals after a 3-1 win over Honduras in Sydney on Wednesday.
The Socceroos finished behind Japan and Saudi Arabia in Asian qualifying before having to overcome Syria and Honduras in two-legged play-offs.
Mile Jedinak’s hat-trick secured the win for Australia and Rogic was delighted to have brought the long campaign to a successful end.
“It’s been long… and very hard,” Rogic said as quoted by the Australian football federation’s official website.
“We’re situated all around the world.
“You have that pride of representing the whole of Australia. It’s hard to put into words.
“I feel we got nothing less than we deserve.”
The Celtic midfielder missed out on a place in the Australian squad for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil and – barring injury – should be a certainty to be part of the Socceroos’ 23-man pool for Russia.
Rogic has won 31 caps for Australia and has made 22 appearances across all competition for the Hoops this season; scoring four times and creating a further six goals.
The talented midfielder has been an integral part of the Scottish champion’s success under Brendan Rodgers as they have brushed everyone aside domestically on their way to a record-breaking 63-game unbeaten domestic run.
Since moving to Glasgow in 2013, Rogic has won two Scottish titles, two Scottish Cups and a Scottish League Cup.
In other Celtic news, the Hoops are in a transfer tussle with a Bundesliga club for this goal-a-game forward.