He’s been copping flak from some of his teammates but Caltex Socceroos playmaker Tom Rogic plans to put that to rest by adding a few more headed goals to his repertoire for Celtic.
Rogic opened the scoring for the Hoops in the weekend’s 3-1 win over Livingston with a powerful headed finish.
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While the 25-year-old has scored plenty of spectacular goals during his time at the club, getting on the scoresheet with his head has been a rare occurrence.
But after breaking that duck over the weekend, Rogic hopes it will be the start of many more goals from that avenue this season.
“It was my first header for the club. It was a great ball. Jonny gives you that, and sometimes his touch and delivery is half a second quicker than some players,” Rogic said on Celtic’s official website.
“I just wanted to get on to the end of it and thankfully it went in.
“Maybe for my size I should score a few more headers. It’s something I’ve been working on so it was nice to get the rewards of that, and hopefully I’ll be able to add a few more for the club in the future.
“It’s a bit of a joke with some of the boys but the most important thing was the win and it was nice to score as well.”
Celtic is shooting for an eighth consecutive league title in Scotland and are coming off back-to-back treble-winning campaigns under Brendon Rodgers.
But they are also chasing success in Europe, with a two-legged playoff clash against Greek side AEK Athens to try and qualify for the UEFA Champion’s League group stage.
The first leg will be played in Glasgow on Thursday morning (AEST).
“We are in a good place. There are a few boys coming back and it’s an important time of the season for us. We are just trying to build momentum,” Rogic said.
“Qualifying is massive for us but it’s just about keeping that momentum going and keep improving and progressing. Obviously, still early in the season, players still getting up to 100% fitness.
“Every game is important to work on that as a team and all-round. We did that on Saturday. It was disappointing to concede but in most parts it was a great start to the season.”
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