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Tom Rogic has ‘matured into leader at Celtic’ says Australia manager Graham Arnold

TOM ROGIC has matured to become a leader at Celtic according to Australia boss Graham Arnold.

And the Socceroos manager has insisted the best is yet to come from Rogic both in Celtic colours and on the international stage.

The midfielder, christened the Wizard of Oz by Celtic supporters, has been in stellar form under Ange Postecoglou after a limited role last season.

And Arnold hailed Rogic as an “amazing talent” as he discussed having the option to call him up for the upcoming Asian World Cup qualifiers.

The national team manger told FTBL: “You’re always going to miss a player of Tommy’s quality – he’s an amazing talent.”

“You’ve seen him at the forefront for Celtic in recent weeks; when he’s in this type of form he can be unplayable at times.

“He’s matured into one of Celtic’s leaders over the years and you can see the level of confidence he has in every move he makes.

“To have him available again will be a big boost for us because when you’re without a special player it usually shows, in one way or another.

“He’s always looking to make things happen with a change of pace, a strike on goal or a killer pass – and that’s very tough to defend against.”

And while a return to the national fold for Rogic is a boost for Arnold, it would mean he is out for the Celtic clash against Rangers in February.

The match was rescheduled for February 2 as the winter break was brought forward to follow the Boxing Day fixtures.

And Australia’s match with Oman on February 1 would see Rogic out for the Glasgow derby unless the unlikely scenario arises where he’s not selected for his country.

Arnold went on to praise Celtic boss Postecoglou for bringing the best out of Rogic as he predicted the composed midfielder’s form will only improve.

“They both know each other so well and there’s a great trust there,” he said.

“Ange knows what makes Tommy tick and how to bring out the best in him – and we’ve seen a lot of that this season.

“I think, in the mood Tommy’s in, there’s going to be a lot more to come from him, both for Celtic and Australia.”

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