FORMER Celtic striker Scott McDonald has advised Tom Rogic NOT to return to Australian football.
The 29-year-old international playmaker is on the look-out for a new club following his departure from Parkhead at the weekend after nine and a half years at the club.
Rogic, who won 16 honours during a glittering career at the Hoops, insists he will take his time before agreeing a deal elsewhere, but McDonald believes he should continue his career in Europe.
The one-time Celtic hitman, who joined in a £700,000 switch from Motherwell in the summer of 2007 and scored 64 goals in 128 appearances, is now the head coach at A-League outfit Gold Coast Knights.
GOAL-DEN BHOY…Scott McDonald celebrates with team-mates Barry Robson and Scott Brown after hitting Celtic’s winner against Rangers at Ibrox on December 27 2008.
McDonald, speaking on local radio station tabTOUCH, paid tribute to his fellow-Aussie and said: “Tom Rogic has been phenomenal.
“It’s a phenomenal achievement what he has done at that football club.
“He pips me all day long as the most iconic Australian to play for Celtic, without question.
“You cannot doubt his credentials and the success that he had at that football club.
“I wish him all the very best and I hope he is still in European football – and for him to keep doing well for the Socceroos.”
FAREWELL TO PARADISE…Tom Rogic shares the duties of carrying out the Premiership trophy with team-mate Nir Bitton who also left Celtic at the weekend.
McDonald was actually signed twice by former Hoops boss Gordon Strachan who got in ahead of Rangers to land the boyhood Celtic fan in his original move from Fir Park.
And the frontman, now 38, joined his Parkhead chief at Middlesbrough in February 2010 before moving to Millwall three years later.
Rogic joined the Scottish giants for a bargain £800,000 from Central Coast Mariners in January 2013.
Now he is ready to take his next step in an enthralling playing career, but if he heeds the words of McDonald he will shelve any thoughts of an immediate return to his homeland.