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CELTIC’S NEW MOVE IS OZSOME

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CELTIC have apparently made an approach to buy an ownership stake in Australian club Central Coast Mariners, Tom Rogic’s former side.

Reports from Down Under indicate the New South Wales outfit are a priority target for the champions.

Fairfax Media say the Parkhead men are keen to invest in a team to gain a foothold in the emerging market in Oz and have also been linked with Brisbane Roar.

Apparently, Hoops representatives have held talks with Mariners in the hope of securing a deal.

The national team once again qualified for the World Cup Finals and there is a belief more players of the standard of Rogic are waiting to show what they can do in Europe.

Club chairman Mike Charlesworth said: “I’m not surprised about their interest based on a new A-League operating model because I think it’s got a lot of potential.

“Frankly, I haven’t spoken to anyone at Celtic, that’s been handled by chief executive Shaun Mielekamp and chief financial officer Kathy Duncan.”

The Hoops signed Aussia international midfielder Rogic from Mariners for a bargain £750,000 in 2013.

Manchester City have already made their move in Australia with their owners purchasing Melbourne City.

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