Rogic on the cusp of Scottish history before Russian take-off

A year ago, he was Celtic's Scottish Cup final hero.

Now Tom Rogic sits on the cusp of helping the Hoops to an unprecedented "double-triple" as they seek consecutive Scottish Premier League, Scottish League Cup and Scottish FA Cup titles.

But it's what lies beyond Sunday morning's FA Cup final against Motherwell at Hampden Park that has mouths watering and pulses racing.

The Caltex Socceroos superstar will strut his silky skills on the biggest stage of all when Australia face some of the world's best at the 2018 FIFA World Cup.


In last year's FA Cup final, Rogic memorably fired home an injury-time winner against Aberdeen to complete a hat-trick of silverware for the Scottish giants.

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In the twelve months since, he’s gone on to play a key role for Celtic, featuring in 23 league matches, five domestic cup games and 13 appearances in Europe this season.

His performances caught the eye of a number of Premier League suitors which compelled Celtic to extend his stay for a further five seasons, an astonishing contract length in the current footballing climate.

They will also know only too well that if Rogic can replicate his club form in the Caltex Socceroos' jersey next month, scouts from some of Europe's biggest clubs would be clamouring for a conversation with the precociously talented Canberra-born playmaker.

And so on to Russia and a first World Cup appearance for the man many believe is the most likely to unlock the defences of France, Peru and Denmark in June.

"In the back of my mind, there’s certainly the World Cup there," Rogic told beIN Sports. 

"I’m not one to think, because I missed the World Cup or the Asian Cup last time around, that it’s my time now at the next one. While I’m very motivated to do well, I don’t really have anything to prove."

Despite his bold statement, with 35 caps and seven goals already to his name, many are waiting to see Rogic fulfill his full potential on the world stage.

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There were glimpses at the Confederations Cup a year ago, including a goal against World Champions Germany.

Hopefully, much like that tournament itself, that's merely an appetiser to the main event.

There have been big wraps and even bigger expectations on the broad shoulders of Rogic ever since he first played Hyundai A-League football for the Mariners in early 2012.

With a freshly-inked five-year contract in his back pocket and a confident spring in his step, expect Rogic to help Celtic add to their bulging trophy cabinet on Sunday morning.

Then, be rightfully optimistic about what Rogic might bring to the arenas of Russia in what could be the biggest month of his already glittering football career.