Rogic returns for Celtic in UCL qualifier

Socceroo Tom Rogic made his competitive return after 15 months on the sidelines as Celtic eased into the third round of UEFA Champions League qualifying.

The Scottish champions won 4-1 in Iceland over Stjarnan, completing a 6-1 aggregate triumph, with Rogic coming off the bench on 82 minutes.

The appearance was the 23-year-old Australian midfielder’s first in a competitive match since injuring his ankle when on loan with Melbourne Victory in April last year.

Rogic endured ankle and groin problems during a lengthy stint on the sidelines which saw him miss the 2014 World Cup and 2015 Asian Cup.

The Australian returned to action with the Celtic Development side late last season and also sat on the Hoops first-team bench but didn’t make a competitive appearance.

Rogic drew praise from boss Ronny Deila in pre-season with some fine displays including a classy showing against Den Bosch, giving rise to hopes he can break through with Celtic in 2015-16.

The Scottish giants will face Azerbaijani champions FK Qarabag in the third round of Champions League qualifying next week, before the SPL starts on the first weekend of August.