In superb news for the Caltex Socceroos, playmaker Tom Rogic has made a successful starting return for Celtic in the Scottish Premiership overnight.
After almost three months on the sidelines due to injury, Rogic made his first start since December as the Hoops were held to a goalless draw by St Johnstone.
The 25-year-old got through an hour for Brendan Rodgers’ side before he was substituted.
Rogic showed glimpses of his class and creativity but it will take him time to get back to his devastating best after 10 weeks out of action.
But his return is great news for Caltex Socceroos boss Bert van Marwijk, especially with the friendlies against Norway and Colombia just a month away.
Despite dropping two points, Celtic remains nine points clear of both Rangers and Aberdeen at the top of the SPL ladder.
They travel to Russia on Friday (AEDT) for the second leg of their Europa League knockout tie against Zenit St Petersburg [which they lead 1-0 from the first leg], before returning to domestic action next weekend against Aberdeen.
Elsewhere, Tomi Juric got through another full game for FC Luzern in the Swiss Super League.
While he didn’t get on the scoresheet, Luzern picked up a 1-1 draw at Grasshopper Zurich, with fellow Caltex Socceroos and new Zurich defender Trent Sainsbury watching from the stands.
In Turkey, Aziz Behich played a full game for Bursaspor as they were held to a goalless draw by Yeni Malatyaspor, while Awer Mabil came on for the last eight minutes as his Pacos de Ferreira were beaten 1-0 by Vitoria Setubal in Portugal’s top flight.
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