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Tom Rogic signs new five-year Celtic deal

Tom Rogic signs new five-year Celtic deal
By PA Sport

17/05/2018 at 16:28Updated 17/05/2018 at 18:49

The Australian scored the last-gasp winner in last season’s Scottish Cup final.

Tom Rogic gave Celtic a William Hill Scottish Cup final boost by signing a new five-year contract which will see him remain at the club until at least the summer of 2023.

The 25-year-old Australia midfielder joined from Central Coast Mariners in 2013 and spent time on loan at Melbourne Victoria the following year before returning in the summer of 2014.

Rogic has developed into a key part of Brendan Rodgers’ side and memorably scored the last-gasp winner in last season’s 2-1 Scottish Cup final win over Aberdeen at Hampden Park.

Ahead of this season’s final against Motherwell on Saturday, where victory will secure an unprecedented second successive domestic treble, the silky playmaker ended any speculation over his future when he penned a new deal.

“I feel great to have signed a new contract,” he told the club’s official website.

“I’m very proud and honoured to be able to commit my future to the club.

“I enjoy playing regular football here. I’m working under a top-class manager and to play my club football here is something that’s very special to me so I couldn’t be happier to have signed a new contract.

“The support here is very special and sometimes it’s hard to describe. To feel so loved and wanted by the fans is all a player can really ask for.

“It’s my job and the players’ job to repay that. Now that my future’s sorted I can focus completely on playing football and giving everything I have for the club, as I have done for the past five years.”

Rogic established himself as a regular in 2015/16, making 39 appearances and scoring 10 goals.

He has continued his progress under Rodgers and entered Hoops folklore with the winning goal against the Dons in last season’s Scottish Cup final to clinch the domestic treble in which the Parkhead side went unbeaten.

He said:  “When you win a single trophy it’s something very special, so to have won as many as I have here is another reason why I love it here and why I feel very privileged to represent the club.

“The Scottish Cup final goal last season was a pretty special moment that I think will be hard to top.

“I’ve played in a lot of big games here at this club and to have contributed a small part to that makes me very proud.

“I’ll keep working as hard as I can to hopefully create more in the future.”