New Celtic signing Leo Mazis has revealed that although he will look to fellow Australian Tom Rogic for advice, he wants to forge his own career path with the Scottish champions.
The 17-year-old recently joined the Hoops after impressing the club during a trial, and he disclosed that meeting Scottish Cup hero Rogic was a big thrill.
“I caught up with Tom Rogic and he’s a great guy, I’m going to learn a lot off him” he said, as quoted by the Scottish Sun.
“We’re taking similar journeys but you don’t want to follow in someone’s footsteps, you want to create your own journey.
“He’s one of my idols and someone I look up to as a person and player, but I’m trying to create my own path.”
Mazis accepts that he has a long way to go yet to achieve his dream of playing first team football for the Hoops.
“This is all I’ve ever wanted to do, ever since I was born, but there’s still a long way to go and nothing is guaranteed.
“The goal is to be playing first team football, but it’s going to take a lot of hard work.”
Mazis is the fourth signing to be made by the Hoops in recent weeks, joining the likes of Jack Hendry, Scott Bain and Charly Musonda who all moved to the East End of Glasgow recently.
Mazis may well see his idol Rogic make his return to the Hoops first team in the upcoming Europa League last 32 clash against Zenit.
The senior midfielder made the bench in Saturday’s victory over Partick Thistle, but didn’t get to make an appearance as the game drew to a close.
However, Brendan Rodgers plans to involve Rogic for Celtic under-23s in their match against Motherwell on Monday night, and if he comes through the game without an injury Rogic may well make his first appearance since December against Zenit.