Aussies abroad weekend preview: Rogic meets Rangers in Scottish FA Cup semi

We’re getting closer to the business end of the season in a number of leagues around the globe with a host of Aussies involved in some huge matches this weekend.

Check in with where our national team hopefuls are playing in our look at the Aussies playing abroad.


A spot in the final of the Scottish FA Cup is on the line on Sunday (11.30pm AEST) as Tom Rogic’s Celtic take on Old Firm rivals Rangers in a blockbuster semi-final at Hampden Park.

And Rogic is likely to be the man Rangers will want to stop given his impressive form against their Glasgow rivals this season.

The Caltex Socceroos playmaker has scored twice against Rangers in the SPL, including a stunner in the 3-2 win just last month.

The match will be broadcast live in Australia on beIN Sports.

With the FA Cup taking centre-stage this weekend, fellow Aussies Jamie Maclaren (Hibernian) and Ryan Edwards (Partick Thistle) have the weekend off.

Tom Rogic Rangers
Tom Rogic in action against Rangers earlier this season.


Mat Ryan’s Brighton and Hove Albion are probably just one more win away from securing their EPL safety and can take a giant stride towards that when they head to relegation candidates Crystal Palace (midnight Saturday AEST).

The Seagulls (13th) are currently four points and four places above 17th-placed Palace, who sit just outside the drop zone.

The teams played out a goalless draw when they met at the AMEX Stadium back in November.

Elsewhere in the Premier League and Aaron Mooy should start in the middle of the park for Huddersfield’s clash with Watford (midnight Saturday AEST).

Huddersfield haven’t won in their last five EPL games and could be dragged right into the relegation battle with another loss on their home patch.

Aaron Mooy
Aaron Mooy


Milwall, the home of Caltex Socceroos Tim Cahill and James Meredith, jumped into the playoff spots in midweek and face a huge test against fellow promotion-chasers Sheffield United at Bramall Lane (10pm Saturday AEST).

The Lions are on a stunning 16-game unbeaten run in the Championship to sit in sixth spot but United are just three points behind in what is shaping as a thrilling climax to the season.

While Cahill has struggled for game time since joining the London club, they are unbeaten in the league since his arrival.

Also in the playoff picture in Caltex Socceroos defender Bailey Wright with Bristol City.

The Robins are in eighth spot (65 points) and also just three behind Millwall (68), ahead of their trip to seventh-placed Middlesbrough (66 points) in a mouth-watering prospect.

Mile Jedinak’s Aston Villa can stay alive in the chase for automatic promotion when they host out-of-sorts Leeds United (4.45am Saturday AEST).

At the other end of the table, Jackson Irvine’s Hull City are hitting form at the right time and will fancy themselves at home against Sheffield Wednesday (midnight Saturday AEST).

While Massimo Luongo’s QPR take on Preston North End at Loftus Road (midnight Saturday AEST).

Tim Cahill
Caltex Socceroos James Meredith and Tim Cahill.


Bragging rights will be on the line when two Aussies goa head-to-head in the 2.Bundesliga in Germany.

Robbie Kruse’s Bochum play host to Brandon Borrello’s Kaiserslautern, with the visitors currently last and in desperate need of all three points in their bid to avoid the drop.

In Germany’s top flight, Mathew Leckie will be hoping to get back into Hertha Berlin’s starting side for their home clash with strugglers Cologne.

Elsewhere on the continent, defender Trent Sainsbury could make his second start for new club Grasshopper Zurich when they face third-placed St Gallen.

A win for Sainsbury’s side would do a huge favour for fellow Aussie Tomi Juric, as if they beat Sion they could move up into that third position.

Over in Turkey, Aziz Behich’s Bursaspor do battle with Goztepe, while in Belgium, Danny Vukovic will be keen to maintain his outstanding form for Genk’s trip to Sporting Charleroi.

In the Eredivisie, it’s getting down to last-chance saloon for Craig Goodwin and Kenny Dougall in Sparta Rotterdam’s fight to avoid the drop, with a win vital for their away clash against Vitesse.

Brad Jones will hope to avoid another blunder as Feyenoord take on Utrecht, while Ajdin Hrustic’s Groningen host Roda JC.

Meanwhile, Czech outfit Mlada Boleslav and their new Caltex Socceroo Aleksandar Susnjar continue their battle against relegation away to Teplice.

Craig Goodwin
Craig Goodwin (right).


In Japan, Andrew Nabbout’s improving Urawa Reds can make it two wins in a week when they take on Mitch Duke’s Shimizu S-Pulse.

Mitch Langerak should be between the sticks as Nagoya Grampus travel to Kashima Antlers, while Milos Degenek’s Yokohama F.Marinos are at home against Vissel Kobe.

And in the K-League, Matt Jurman’s Suwon Bluewings have a home clash against Sangju Sangmu.