Rogic confident of returning to action in new year

You have to search far and wide to find a capped Australian international who wasn't named in this week's 46-man provisional Asian Cup squad, so spare a though for Tom Rogic, who is hoping to be back in action next month, although it won't be with the Socceroos.

The 21-year-old hasn't played a minute for club side Celtic in 2014-15 after undergoing surgery to fix the groin problem that plagued him on loan at Melbourne Victory last season and ruled him out of the World Cup.

Next month's Asian Cup is also out of the question for the former Central Coast Mariners prodigy, who is finally back in training and hopes to be available for club selection early in 2015.

"It's good to be back out on the training pitch after so long," he told Glasgow's Evening Times.

"I'm relieved to have had the problem fixed and I hope to be back to action early in the New Year.

"I'm still young – I’m at the start of my career. Of course, you get concerned, it's a serious injury, but at the same time I'm confident I'll be back to where I want to be and we'll have no issues in my body going forward and be able to kick on with my career.

"As tough a time as it is, I'm still confident with where I'm going."

While Rogic acknowledged his disappointment at missing two major international tournaments in the space of eight months, the talented youngster insisted he has what it takes to bounce back and fulfil his enormous promise.

"The World Cup was the big one to miss through injury, now the Asian Cup," he said.

"It's a tough time, but there's not a lot I can do. (I) try and look at the positives, cop it on the chin and just sort of deal with it.

"As tough a time as it is, I know I'll be okay coming out the other end of it and learning a bit more about myself and a bit more experienced in these situations."

Rogic has been tipped in some quarters to leave Celtic Park following the arrival of Norwegian Ronny Deila as manager in the off-season, but the attacking midfielder - who agreed a four-year deal upon signing for the Bhoys in January 2013 - is adamant he wants to prove himself at the Scottish Premiership champions.

"I'm committed to Celtic,” he said. “I'm not thinking too far ahead, just taking my rehab step-by-step and the club has been very good to me.

"They have supported me through this. We'll play it by ear when I'm back on the pitch."