Aussies Abroad: Striker lifts silverware, Rogic eyes Celtic treble

Caltex Socceroos playmaker Tom Rogic will be chasing more silverware in Scotland while a host of Aussies complete their domestic seasons in Europe this weekend.

On the same weekend as the Caltex Socceroos will begin to assemble for their pre-FIFA World Cup training camp in Turkey, Rogic will be looking create more history with dominant Celtic.

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There’s a host of other Aussies in action in Europe and Asia over the weekend and we’ve got it all covered in our Aussies Abroad preview, as well as a wrap of two Aussies who have had big wins for their clubs!


A big congratulations to both Apostolos Giannou and Ryan Williams, with both players earning big wins with their clubs.

Giannou, who missed the cut for Bert van Marwijk's 26-man extended FIFA World Cup squad, help AEK Larnaca lift the Cypriot Cup on Thursday, assisting the winner in the 2-1 defeat of Apollon.


There was also a big win for Williams, playing for English League One side Rotherham United. After making 44 appearances all season for Rotherham, who finished fourth in the league, Williams started in The Millers' 2-0 play-off win over Scunthorpe United on Thursday.

That win meant Rotherham will now head to Wembley Stadium for the League One Play-off Final where they will play Shrewsbury at 12.00am Monday 28 May AEST for a shot at promotion to the Championship.


Having already won the Scottish Premiership and League Cup this season, Celtic can complete the domestic treble in Saturday night’s (midnight) FA Cup Final.

The Hoops, who also won the treble last season, take on Motherwell at Hampden Park.

And Rogic is sure to be a key figure for Brendan Rodgers’ side, having contributed five goals and four assists in the league in 2017/18.

Ex-Celtic striker John Hartson tipped Rogic and striker Moussa Dembele to be the difference in the decider.

“Celtic have some match-winners Motherwell don’t have,” Hartson wrote in the Evening Times.

“Look at the likes of Tom Rogic and Moussa Dembele, these guys are big-game players who time and again have shone for Celtic on the big stage.”

Celtic defeated Motherwell in the League Cup final earlier this season and also thrashed them 5-1 at Celtic Park in the league, with the other two clashes ending in draws.

Tom Rogic
Celtic celebrate their win over Motherwell in the League Cup earlier this season.


Having been named in van Marwijk’s 26-man extended squad for Russia, there will be five Caltex Socceroos who will be hoping to come through unscathed in the final matches of their regular seasons.

In Turkey, Aziz Behich’s Bursaspor will be favourite to end the campaign with a win when they travel to already relegated Genclerbirligi on Saturday morning (1am AEST).

Fellow fullback Fran Karacic is also in action on Saturday morning (4am AEST) in Croatia.

While his Lokomotiva Zagreb are assured of a fifth-place finish, they want to end on a high against bottom club HNK Cibalia Vinkovci.

Fran Karacic
Fran Karacic will play one more game in Croatia before heading into camp with the Caltex Socceroos.

It’s also the final round in Switzerland where Tomi Juric and Trent Sainsbury could also be in action.

Striker Juric’s Luzern travels to Basel, while Sainsbury’s Grasshopper Zurich entertain champions Young Boys.

Both matches kick-off at 3am on Sunday (AEST).

And in Belgium, Danny Vukovic’s Genk finish up with a tough trip to play last season’s champions Anderlecht (2am Monday AEST).


There’ll be two Aussies in action as Milos Degenek’s struggling Yokohama F.Marinos hosts Ben Halloran’s V-Varen Nagasaki in the J-League (3pm Saturday AEST).

Elsewhere in Japan, Andrew Nabbout will be hoping for another start as Urawa Red Diamonds travel to Gamba Osaka (3pm Saturday AEST), while Mitch Langerak should again start in Nagoya Grampus clash with Kashiwa Reysol 24 hours later.

Mitchell Duke’s Shimizu S-Pulse are also in action on Sunday at Kawasaki Frontale.

In Korea, defenders Matt Jurman and Connor Chapman will be on opposite sides as Suwon Bluewings head to Pohang Steelers.

Former Mariners flyer Kwabena Appiah’s Incheon United hosts Ulsan Hyundai, while Dylan McGowan will hope to start in Gangwon’s trip to Gyeongnam.

Tomi Mrcela’s Jeonnam Dragons take on Daegu and Aleksandar Jovanovic will head to Sangju Sangmu with his Jeju United.

Matthew Jurman for Suwon Bluewings
Matt Jurman in action for Suwon Bluewings.