Two days after celebrating Scottish Premiership success, it has been revealed Socceroo Tom Rogic is to leave Ange Postecoglou’s Celtic in a shock transfer.
Midfielder Rogic signed from the A-League’s Central Coast Mariners in January 2013 as a 20-year-old and has received six Premiership medals, 5 Scottish Cups and 5 League Cups in his time with the Hoops.
Rogic, who has scored 44 targets in 272 Celtic appearances, will bow out after Saturday’s title-winning get together in opposition to Motherwell at Celtic Park, together with Israeli worldwide midfielder Nir Bitton, who additionally arrived in 2013.
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Hailing the pair, supervisor Postecoglou revealed that he had hoped they’d keep past the tip of their contracts.
“While we are very sad to see both Tom and Nir leave the club, we totally respect their decisions in wanting to seek a different challenge in football, having both played their part in our success for the past decade,” Postecoglou, who additionally coached Rogic at Socceroos stage, instructed the membership’s official web site.
“They have certainly made such a tremendous contribution to Celtic over such a long and successful period for the club and I understand that in their minds the time is right to move on.
“I’m certain they are going to leave with the honest finest needs of our supporters having given a lot of themselves to Celtic.
“From a personal perspective, as well as being very talented players, both Tom and Nir are top guys who have supported me brilliantly this year, in my first season – and again played a big role in this season’s success. It is fitting that they leave Celtic as champions.
“In fact we are going to miss them, however we want each Tom and Nir, and their households, nice success in all the pieces they do.”
Rogic stated: “I need to sincerely thank everybody on the membership and all our supporters for all the pieces that has been given to me whereas I’ve been at Celtic. It has been an outstanding journey, with some magical moments – it has been an honour to be part of this expertise.
“It has been a privilege to play for the Celtic supporters, the best in football I have ever experienced and the great times I have been part of will stay with me forever.
“Whereas I’m so unhappy to leave, I really feel so proud to be a part of a staff that has delivered the title once more for our followers.
“The club is in a great position and I know the manager will take the club on and deliver more and more success.
“Celtic will all the time be in my coronary heart and a part of my life and I want the membership and our followers nothing however success for the long run.”