Rogic in Paradise over Celtic goal

Socceroo Tom Rogic says he took extra satisfaction from his first home goal for Celtic following the Hoops’ midweek disappointment against Malmo in the UEFA Champions League.

Rogic struck on half-time against St Johnstone, dancing past defenders, turning in the box and firing from an acute angle to put the Scottish champions 2-1 up.

Speaking after the match, Rogic told celticfc.net: “It was just important to put that (Malmo result) behind us and come out here at home and get a win a good performance.

“We have to move on and just learn from it and get better. It’s behind us now and we're looking forward now.

“It’s special to score in front of the fans and I’m sure I won’t forget it. That was pleasing as well so I’m happy.”

Rogic was deployed in the No. 10 role on the weekend, stealing into pockets of space and releasing forward players.

The Bhoys won 3-1 and go top of table ahead of the international break which sees Rogic head back to Australia for the World Cup qualifier against Bangladesh.

The 22-year-old playmaker told the club’s official site: “I feel comfortable anywhere in the middle of the park, whether it’s there or a little bit deeper. I’m just happy to be in the team and helping them win.”

Rogic was benched for the recent UCL loss and says he hopes to play a prominent role for the Hoops in their Europa League campaign where they face Ajax, Fenerbache and Molde.

“It’s a tough draw with good teams, but we are working to improve each day to make sure that we are ready for these challenges,” he said.

“Our job is just to make sure we are prepared and ready for it.”