TOM ROGIC believes Celtic can make a grand finale in the Champions League against Manchester City at the Etihd Stadium tonight.
Irrespective of the outcome against Pep Guardiola’s superstars, the Hoops’ adventure in Europe will end with the last blow of the referee’s whistle.
Despite that, the Australian midfielder is determined to bow out of the elite by helping Brendan Rodgers’ side to an acceptable result following the 3-3 draw between the teams at Parkhead earlier in the group.
Rogic, the matchwinner against Motherwell at the weekend, said: “It is definitely not a dead game, that’s for sure. It is a game in the Champions League and we are representing the club and the country and it is a game that will be seen all around the world, so we definitely aren’t thinking that it’s a nothing game.
“We won’t take it lightly or go into it thinking that it doesn’t matter what happens in it. We want to go and give a good, strong account of ourselves. This is the last game we have in Europe now until next season and we want to sign off on a positive note.
“We played really well against them in Glasgow and it is a game that we felt we could maybe have taken more out of.
“It will be nice to go and play them at the Etihad and I am sure they will want to keep pushing even though they have already qualified. But from our point of view, I think we have learned a lot in the Champions League in a short space of time.”
Few would bet on Celtic pulling off a shock with the side claiming only one win in 26 attempts on the road in the competition.
Rogic added: “Next year, we want to go into the campaign knowing that we can put the experience of this season to good use.
“I think our ambition as a team is to get one step further than the group stages. We have been in a really tough group this year, but I think we have shown that we are capable of competing.
“It is difficult. You go from playing domestic games to playing against the best teams and the best players in the world. There is a real step up.
“You have to do everything quicker. You have to think quicker and you have to get it right otherwise a mistake can be fatal. But I do think we have learned a lot from playing in it and I think a lot of us feel that we have developed as players.
“We have shown progression and we have come through a lot of different tests this season.
“The manager wants us to be relentless, to keep trying to better ourselves all the time and we feel that as a team we are making some pretty big strides.”