In-form Rogic relishing 'brilliant' Celtic season

Socceroos midfielder Tom Rogic made a stunning return from international duty by scoring a brace and earning Man of the Match honours in Celtic's 4-0 thrashing of Motherwell.

Rogic, who missed Celtic’s last three matches including a 3-0 win over Rangers due to his Socceroos’ commitments in Melbourne and Oman, returned in style for the Hoops.

The 29-year-old came straight back into the starting 11 and scored a brace to keep Celtic ahead of Rangers by a point on top of the Scottish Premiership ladder.

His man-of-the-match performance, which included a curling strike from 20 metres out that sailed into the top corner, continued his impressive form from international duty. 

While Rogic was not involved in Celtic's memorable Old Firm derby victory over Rangers last week, he explained how important it was to keep the momentum going. 

"Everyone was watching us after that result," Rogic told Sky Sports.

"We’ve been doing that for a few months now, putting some consistency together.

We’ve been playing well and maybe people are starting to take a bit more notice.

"It's always nice to get on the scoresheet, I think Liel (Abada) handed me the second one but for us, it doesn't really matter too much who scores. It's just about getting the result, playing well and building on each performance."

The 4-0 victory came just days after the rampant win over Rangers and with eight games remaining, Rogic's side are now the hunted at the top of the Scottish Premiership.

Despite the world talking about his side and all eyes are on the new league leaders, Rogic said the team can handle the pressure. 

"We've been top of the pile for the last decade. It's a familiar position for us," he said.

"Last season was disappointing but it's been a brilliant season for a lot of us (so far).

"We just need to keep working hard, keep our heads down, focus on the next game and not get too carried away."

Rogic and Celtic are back in action on Thursday morning as they travel to Aberdeen.