Arnie lands Rogic on loan

GRAHAM Arnold has finally managed to persuade Celtic boss Neil Lennon to release Socceroo Tom Rogic on loan to join him in Japan at Vagalta Sendai.

There has been a growing campaign for Celtic to either use the talented playmaker or lose him on loan but the Celtic boss initially reacted angrily to the suggestion.

After Socceroos coach Ange Postecoglou last year suggested Rogic needed to go out on loan to get game time, Lennon snapped back that as Celtic paid his wages, the club would decide Rogic's future.

But since then eight-times capped Socceroo Rogic has continued to struggle to get game time for the Glasgow side.

Since joining a year ago, he has made just five starts from 14 appearances, with his last match back in November when he came off the bench late in the Champions League match against AC Milan.

Lennon has finally relented and allowed Rogic to go on loan, and has accepted a request from Rogic's former boss Graham Arnold to join him in Japan ahead of the World Cup.

"There is interest from Graham Arnold's team in Japan. We have agreed to do that [loan him]," Lennon told the Evening Times in Glasgow.
"I can't guarantee Tom game in, game out. And I think that's what he needs at the minute.
"He has only had 31 professional games in his career so some people are expecting him to run before he can walk.
"Kris Commons is playing so well in that position, and I have other options in that position as well. It will be good for Tom to go and get some football."