After winning the league with Celtic and being awarded Scotland’s best goal of the season, Socceroo star Tom Rogic says regular game time for the Australian National team has also been one of the main highlights of his year.
Rogic agonisingly missed the 2014 World Cup and the 2015 Asian Cup victory on home soil due to injury. But since those disappointments the skilful midfielder’s star has been on the rise. His eye catching performances for the Hoops have the scouts of a number of top European clubs after his signature.
But reflecting on the past 12 months, Rogic says the time he spent with the Socceroos haz given him the most pleasure.
“Being part of the team and being part of the squad and playing a number of games has been most enjoyable for me,” he said.
“Obviously I spent a lot time out of football in general, and the national team as well. So to be back and playing in a team that I feel as though the potential is great, is something I’ve enjoyed. It’s something I want to make sure I am part of in the future.”
One of the Rogic’s standout performance for the Socceroos was during last month’s friendly against England and the Celtic star says that he took a lot from that experience.
“They’re the games you want to play in,” he said. “The game itself was nice and good to play in it. It was good to take some belief and self-confidence away that we can match it with players who are playing in the top league in the world regularly.”
It wasn’t just his play in general play in midfield that impressed, this season Rogic added goals to his game. Most notably was the 30-yard strike against Kilmarnock that earnt him the Scottish Premiership Goal of the Season.
“I don’t get sick of watching it,” he said. “It proved to be an important day in terms of our season with us winning and Aberdeen losing that afternoon. It wasn’t the best performance but the manner in which we won you saw what it means to the fans behind the goal. You saw what it means to the staff along the touchline running and celebrating, and everyone in the team.
“We have a lot of players capable of producing a moment like that but fortunately it was me, and more importantly, it was for the team. It was a moment that I won’t ever forget. It was nice and one I can look back on for a long time.”1 comment