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BACK PAGE BULLETIN: ROGIC UP FOR CELTIC CHALLENGE, BOGDAN AGREES HIBS DEAL, QUEEN’S PARK’S HISTORIC CHANGE

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TOM ROGIC has underlined he is ready to play his part in Celtic’s challenging 11-game schedule in the the hectic countdown to the turn of the year.

The champions will be involved in the Betfred League Cup Final against Rangers at Hampden on December 8, two remaining Europa League Group E matches against Rennes in Glasgow and Cluj in Romania as well as Premiership encounters with Livingston, Ross County, Hamilton Accies, Hibs, Hearts, Aberdeen and St Mirren before completing the 2019 programme with a home confrontation with Steven Gerrard’s Ibrox outfit on December 29.

Rogic has struggled with injury since the end of last season, but enjoyed a winning return to international scene as Australia beat Jordan 1-0 in a World Cup qualifier in Amman.

The result puts the Socceroos at the top of Group B in the qualifying process towards the 2022 finals in Qatar.

The smooth playmaker hadn’t made an appearance for his nation since the Asian Championships in January where he sustained a knee problem.

However, he played the entire 90 minutes and can now take a break from the international circuit until March 26 when the Aussies host Kuwait, followed five days later by a trip to Nepal.

ADAM BOGDAN is set to re-sign for Hibs with the former Liverpool keeper close to penning a deal until January at Easter Road.

The 32-year-old shotstopper is a free agent after leaving Anfield in the summer and is close to agreeing terms with his former side.

The ex-Bolton No.1 failed to find another club after his exit, but, after impressing following his loan spell with the Edinburgh side when Neil Lennon was in charge, he is ready to return.

The Easter Road side currently have Chris Maxwell, on loan from Preston, and Israeli international Ofir Marciano contesting the top spot.

QUEEN’S PARK, Scotland’s oldest football club, are poised to turn professional after 152 years as an amateur side.

Following a vote by their members last night, Glasgow club have overwhelmingly voted to reassess their model.

The club, founded in 1867, have been unable to retain players on long-term contracts or command transfer fees as an amateur side.

And, despite recently deciding to sell their ground, Hampden Park, to the SFA, the growing competition in Scottish League Two, has forced the club to become professional.

The 10-time Scottish Cup winners and twice FA Cup runners-up were instrumental in the development of the game in Scotland and throughout the world in the 1870s.

They provided all 11 players for Scotland for the first international football match in 1872 in Glasgow – a goalless draw with England – and are credited with creating the first passing style of play and the crossbar.

When Hampden was built in 1903, it was the world’s largest stadium, retaining that title until 1950 when Brazil’s Maracana took over.

 

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Acclaimed author Alex Gordon wrote the biography of Scotland international legend Denis Law, entitled 'King and Country'. He is a former columnist with World Soccer magazine and Scottish correspondent of respected European journal L'Equipe.

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