Celtic have agreed a deal with Central Coast Mariners to sign Australian midfielder Tom Rogic for $750,000 according to an official statement from Central Coast Mariners.
Rogic had been on trial with Celtic at their training camp in Spain and was expected to fly back to Australia for Mariners’ game against Newcastle Jets, but the Parkhead was granted permission to take him back to Glasgow after their 2-1 friendly win over Steaua Bucharest last night.
Personal terms are still to be finalised, with the 20-year-old set to be shown around the stadium and training facilities in Glasgow before sitting down with the club to iron out the finer points of the deal.
In a statement published on their official club website, the Aussie side announced: “Central Coast Mariners FC wish to officially advise that terms have been agreed for the transfer of Tomas Rogic to Celtic FC.
“Rogic will now travel to Glasgow from Spain with ‘The Bhoys’, and will discuss personal terms with the Scottish giants over the coming days.”
“Subject to Rogic reaching a personal agreement with Celtic the attacking midfielder will formally be transferred to Neil Lennon’s team.”
Rogic in action
Rogic secured a contract with the Nike Football Academy in 2011 after winning a competition called The Chance, beating 75,000 candidates and declared him as one of the best young footballer in the world. Soon after he signed for Central Coast Mariners.
The 20-year-old came from a futsal background, representing Australia in the indoor game before switching to football and taking to it like a duck to water.
Once personal terms are agreed with the club and a medical is passed, Rogic could go straight into the squad – but it is expected that Saturday’s game against Hearts could come too soon for the player.