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Tom Rogic Bids Emotional Farewell As Celtic Crowned Champions

Tom Rogic Bids Emotional Farewell As Celtic Crowned Champions

Tom Rogic bid farewell to Parkhead and Celtic today, the club he has been with since 2013 (broken only by a brief loan spell with Melbourne Victory in 2014).

The fan-favourite Australian announced that he would be leaving Celtic this summer, having accumulated numerous league titles and cups during his time in Glasgow.

Rogic was replaced in the 61st minute by James McCarthy during Celtic’s 6-0 victory over Motherwell today. The adoring crowd rose to their feet as he made way, before he broke into tears and embraced his manager and compatriot Ange Postecoglou.

Rogic moved to Celtic from A-League side the Central Coast Mariners, and has picked up 53 appearances for his country while also participating in the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.

His time at Celtic has ended on a high with the club claiming the league title, while also winning the Scottish League Cup after defeating Hibernian in December’s final. On a personal level, Rogic was named in this season’s PFA Scotland Team of the Year.

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Celtic’s manager Ange Postecogolou praised Rogic as well as his teammate Nir Bitton who is also leaving the club.

“It’s hard to get the right kind of ending to a story. With both those guys it’s a great way to end their fantastic careers at this football club. I’ve been talking to both Tom and Nir throughout the year and they felt it was the right time.

“For us as a football club, we need to be looking always to be continually evolving the team. As the season panned out, and now being champions, it’s just a great to send off two unbelievable servants of this football club. They both get the chance to say goodbye in the right possible way and our supporters get the chance to acknowledge them.”

Celtic's incredible season under Postecoglou sees them back in the Champions League for next season, and this honour was celebrated by the Champions League theme being played as the side walked onto the pitch. After the game an even greater celebration was had as Celtic lifted the trophy to a rapturous Parkhead crowd.

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Colman Stanley
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