Aussies Abroad Wrap: Rogic emotionally farewells Celtic Park with title

Socceroo Tom Rogic helped lift the Scottish premiership trophy for Celtic over the weekend, as he said goodbye to the green and white after almost a decade of service at the club.

Meanwhile, many of Europe's domestic leagues concluded, with Ajdin Hrustic, Nathaniel Atkinson and Joel King now turning their attention to three enormous cup finals, to be played over the next seven days.

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England & Scotland

There was not a dry eye at Celtic Park over the weekend, as Celtic lifted the Scottish Premiership trophy in front of their supporters, while also farewelling Tom Rogic. The 'Wizard of Oz' announced during the week that the home clash against Motherwell,would be his final match in the green and white after 10 seasons of service for the club.

Having been integral to his side's Championship-winning run, the club organised a special tribute for the midfielder during the 18th minute of the game, with the fans standing to applaud his achievements while singing Rogic's name with a classic Glasgow jovial tone. Coach Ange Postecoglou gave the 29-year-old a second moment to savour, substituting the number 18 after the hour mark, cueing a second round of applause amongst the faithful.


The Hoops rewarded their fans on the final day with a comprehensive 6-0 victory over Motherwell, with former Socceroos manager Ange Postecoglou lifting his third domestic title in three different countries. 


Nathaniel Atkinson and his Hearts were beaten by Rangers 3-1 in their final SPFL match of the season, with the clash being a curtain-raiser for the two sides who return next week for a rematch in the Scottish Cup final at Hampton Park. Atkinson started the match on the bench replacing fellow Aussie Cameron Devlin at half-time, spending a bit of time in the middle of the park before moving back to his usual position on the right flank.


Ajdin Hrustic rounded out his Bundesliga campaign with a strong display at mid-table Mainz, as his side Eintracht Frankfurt left the Mewa Arena with a point after a hard-fought 2-2 draw. Hrustic started the clash as a substitute, before being introduced with half an hour to play, as Frankfurt pushed for a winner.

The midfielder and many of the Frankfurt stars were given reduced minutes, with the team's focus very much locked into Seville, for Thursday morning's UEFA Europa League final against Scottish giants Rangers FC (Thursday 5am AEST).


Despite an impressive 2-0 triumph in their final league match at home to Fortuna Dusseldorf, Jackson Irvine and his FC St Pauli still fell just short of a last promotion position, finishing three points behind city rivals Hamburger SV after a dramatic final day.

The white and black side of Hamburg were watching in anticipation on Saturday afternoon, with their side needing a victory, while also requiring their rivals HSV to lose in their match away at Hansa Rostock. That script was being written early with Hamburger falling behind after just 13 minutes, leaving the door ajar for St Pauli to capitalise.

Irvine's side did their part after half-time, scoring two unanswered goals at the Millerntor, turning the pressure back on their neighbours in blue. In a heartbreaking twist, Hamburger SV also mounted a resurgence, scoring three goals in quick succession to take the game out of reach of their opponent, while also dampening the promotion hopes of their direct rivals.

Rest of Europe

A place in the UEFA Conference League for Joel King and Odense BK is still within reach on the final day of the Danish Superliga season, after a 1-1 draw at home to SønderjyskE kept King's side just three points behind that last continental position, with only one game yet to play. The 21-year-old was involved for the full match and held firm as OB clawed their way ack into the contest after falling behind early on.

King's season may well rest on the next 10 days, as Odensk travel to Vejle for their final league match, needing a victory to ensure a shot at European football, before returning midweek to face one of the competition's heavyweights FC Midtjylland in the Danish Cup Final.

Awer Mabil and Turkish Süper Lig side Kasimpasa were beaten in their second last match of the season, 4-2 at home to Antalyaspor. The forward started the clash from the bench, before being brought on midway through the second half as Kasimpasa attempted to fight their way back into the contest.

Asia & The Middle East

Mitch Duke was unfortunately unable to continue his goal-scoring run over the weekend, as his side Fagiano Okayama succumbed to a 1-0 loss at home to Thespakusatsu Gunma. The result has not overly damaged Okayama's promotion aspirations, with Duke's side still within reach of J2's automatic promotion places coming into the halfway point of the season.