Mariners confirm Rogic deal


Tomas Rogic’s club, Central Coast Mariners, formally announced they had agreed terms to transfer the player to Celtic a few hours ago.  The Australian attacking midfielder, who turned 20 last month, will require a work permit before the transfer is concluded, but should be a formality.

After having an extensive look at the player, Neil Lennon will think there is an excellent chance he will be a successful addition to the team, but it’s worth remembering that Victor Wanyama joined at the beginning of last season at the same age as Tomas and took six months before securing a regular starting place in the team.
[calameo code=000390171cc0c3617c8cc lang=en page=80 hidelinks=1 width=100% height=500] I have avoided all YouTube clips of the player (which are notoriously misleading) but by all accounts he is an excellent prospect, however, he will need our support and encouragement as he settles into life in Scotland – especially if he acclimatises to the Scottish game.

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  1. Sir Paul



    Yep.. We Goat A real.. Brammer.. so we did.. you’ll see.



    Toro, is a real tricky Guy.



    Noo..Neil, must go and Corral.. the ither.. Stoater…



    Juan.. The Man… if he is Successful..






    That should fill up Neil’s Dance Caird fur this Windae, nicely.. nicely…nicely.



    We dinnae want tae be too,too greedy.



    Even.. Two oota Three ,is fine pickin’s.






    Happy as Larry..



    Still, Laughin’

  2. league reconstruction:



    lack of competition has killed interest and attendances. The new set up of 12-12-18 has lots of merit, but if we truly want to see better attendances and interest much work has to be done. playing 1 team 4 x per season is only a problem if your 20 points ahead or below them and there is nothing to play for.



    it seems to me the 3 x 8 split will be good for the national league and the 2 league of 8 below the top 8 clubs, however, i worry the lack of competition in the top split will continue if points are retained after the first 22 games. even so, starting from zero points may render a lot of games, in the first 22 games meaningless.



    rather than carrying over points from the first 22 games i would like to see some form of points system that recognises league standing pre-split but ensuring its all to play for in the top 8 split. what about a point system that sees pre- split league places rewarded i.e. 1= 24 points, 2= 21 points, 3= 18 points, 4= 15 points, 5= 12 points, 6= 9 points, 7= 6 points and 8= 3. throw euro play-offs into the mix and we instantly have a more competitive top 8 league.



    would like to see the introduction of 2 points for a score draw



    i know the12-12-18 proposals sees greater distribution of income with winners and runner up getting less income than before, but i think that is softening the blow in the mid to lower tables rather than addressing the gap between celtic and our closest challengers such as, hibs, hearts, aberdeen and dundee united. for me it is the gap here that his hurting the game most.



    think we should be looking into setting up our on scottish football t.v channel because we are getting a very poor deal from sky/ espn. scottish football could triple t.v income for the domestic game.



    i am also in favour of a 50/50 (competing club/ top 8 team split) for all commercial profit from european football. so the better clubs do in european football the more rewarding it is for every top club in the contry. the emphasis being on ensuring that our top clubs have a fighting chance against european compitition and that our league is as powerful as it can be.



    the thing is your team is only as good as your weakest link, that is also true of your league.



    i know there are more questions than asnwers, but this is not about sharing what little we have, or spreading poverty wider, its more about trying to ensure the game and our club does not decline, its about trying to foster a future that see’s our need for stronger competition, increased income and a common and shared goal as a football fan/ supporter.

  3. Big Georges Fan Club on




    Yes – complicated family ticket sharing arrangement with the Irish in-laws has played the biggest part in my downfall, I’m afraid.



    Temporary gloom only – as long as the weans are OK, and the Hoops do well, can’t complain too much. Already looking forward to gubbing the Jam Tarts on Saturday – hope all of the part-timers show up for that one ;-)



    Thanks for asking, though.



    Hail, Hail




  4. Juve tickets! I ask you! I joined the queue at 8:20 this morning after it had snaked its way down Kerrydale St, along London rd, up to the Lisbon Lions stand where it looped back on itself and followed its way back to the ticket office. At 13:15, The girl in the ticket office took my name, client number and phone no and said, we’ll give you a call if we get any returns. Five hours to give my name and number and an hour and a halfs drive to get there. Thank God it was a warm morning.

  5. hearts saying they will field one of the youngest teams in their history on Saturday.



    I bet you any money, our average age on the park is still less then theirs.

  6. GlassTwoThirdsFull on

    McCoist said: “Stranraer were promoted when they won the Second Division in 1994 and effectively jumped over teams to land in the new First Division.


    “If it was OK for Stranraer then you’d hope it would follow that the same would happen again.”




    Stranraer went from the third tier to the second tier. You want to go from the fourth tier to the second tier? Please explain why this would be “the same”.

  7. johann murdoch on



    14:39 on


    17 January, 2013


    I’ve just bought the history of HMV………………..




    Can I buy the records then?..will you restart in lower league shopping malls and meet lots of lovely new friends?

  8. South Of Tunis on




    Much of it relates to migrating for work Many Sicilians moved to Torino for work .Typically they worked , saved and returned with their savings . Their children grew up supporting Juve .



    Same story with Inter —– Many Sicilians moved to Milan —-there are many Inter supporters in Sicily .



    There are 6 Juventus social clubs and 3 Inter clubs within 30 miles of my wee place in the sticks .

  9. Cathedral View on




    Just home myself, same experience as you. Stacks of handwritten sheets of A4 full of names & phone numbers in the ticket office. I’m not expecting a call to be honest.




  10. Watching The CdR game, FCB v Malaga, 1st. Leg….ticket price, on the door:€9.


    Aye, that’s right….nine euros to watch those two, plus a brilliant individual goal from Messi.


    €9 on the door……where have we gone wong?

  11. Glasstwothirdsfull



    An admission of whet they’re all about



    IMO when Green bought them he was assured that they would be in the SPL or Div 1 at worst



    The prospect of them having to play the same dross next season ….with more added ….is concerning them as they know there will be little appetite for the games from the fans

  12. South Of Tunis on

    PFayr –



    Important not to go overboard .



    Violence is not the only reason for falling attendance- / cost / knowing it’s corrupt / fall in the quality of player / wall to wall pay for view / Club TV /streams / Falling apart stadiums etc..



    I go regularly —–I rarely see violence [ it happens elsewhere ] Italy is a much ” safer ” country than the UK . I would have no hesitation wandering the streets of an Italian city or town .”.Neds” are not part of the culture but some young people are into football related violence. I don’t worry as I walk past 15 teenage boys sitting at a corner but I do take care at the football .. The guy next to me could be a Bishop or might be Paulie Walnuts

  13. My brother, SB holder for many years,30 phone calls this morning with no result only to be finally told: sorry, we’re all sold out now. They’ve bent his brain.


    wtf? Me & the mrs, flights booked weeks ago; oh well, cultural visit then.


    You gotta laugh.


    : > )

  14. Never pay tout prices….they’re not touting, they’re gouging.


    I don’t take kindly to that.


    Face value & a drink…..otherwise…..

  15. Cathedral View – 15:49 on 17 January, 2013



    I don’t know actually. It’s not a very liquid stock, so I’d imagine it’s not.

  16. Glass TTF said:



    “Stranraer went from the third tier to the second tier”



    Can anyone furnish a few more details about that? I am sure many Huns will be repeating McCoist`s words parrot fashion and I would like the necessary details to silence them.




  17. SoT



    I’ve never been that troubled if Ultras/Casuals want to bash each other up at pre arranged venues as long as they leave others alone



    The absence of ned culture is a real benefit …I’d imagine the mafia boys wouldn’t put up with it

  18. johann murdoch on



    15:42 on


    17 January, 2013



    And chuckie doesnt get to increase the season ticket prices!..oh dear..shame :)

  19. Kevin Airs, the online editor of FourFourTwo Australia, spoke on a player he says is one of the most exciting talents to emerge from the country in recent years.



    “In the course of the year, he [has] impressed so much he has gone from being a complete amateur and unknown to taking a place in the Socceroos and becoming one of the finest players Australia has produced in the last ten years, probably.



    “He’s a big lad, a big strong lad. He lost a lot of weight over the last year or so but he’s changed that excess weight to proper strength and muscle.



    “He’s got that combination. He can fend off defenders. He’s got the height and the strength to stand his ground. He has the vision and the skill to make the key, final pass, or take the shot on goal himself.



    “He’s a genuine talent. Provided he continues to get game time, he’s only going to get better and better.



    “I can see him going on to greater things. He is a talent already. He’s not the finished package, he’s only 20 and he’s only got 28 professional games behind him.



    “Providing he gets regular game time to showcase himself, I can see him being very much in demand very quickly.



    “He’s an exciting player. When he’s on the ball you don’t know how it is going to end up, whether he’s going to set someone else up or he’s going take the shot himself. Anything can happen. It’s something Australia has been looking for for a long time.



    “The A-League have been importing a lot of players from Argentina and Germany especially who have been filling those roles and the electrifying games.



    “The big problem was there was no Australian to step into that role. Rogic was that Australian. He became, very quickly, a cult hero.”

  20. Nuclear Bovril and a Half Munched Pie on

    This from The Onion re Honorary Zombie Lance Armstrong made me laugh…..




    Lance Armstrong Wants To Tell Nation Something But Nation Has To Promise Not To Get Mad



    DALLAS—Saying that it would probably be best if everyone sat down for this, seven-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong informed the U.S. populace Thursday that he wanted to tell it something, but that the nation first had to promise it wouldn’t get angry once he did.



    “Look, I’m not going to sugarcoat this. It’s bad,” Armstrong said during the nationally televised press conference. “But you have to swear to God that you won’t get mad when I tell you, because if you get upset and yell about how you’re really disappointed I’m just going to walk out of here.”



    “Okay?” Armstrong continued. “You guys promise?”



    Armstrong then took a deep breath, massaged his forehead, murmured “Oh boy, here we go,” and appeared for several moments to be on the verge of telling the nation his news. He seemed to lose his focus, however, commenting that it wasn’t as if anything he was about to say would diminish the fact that he beat cancer or that his foundation has donated more than $250 million to cancer research.



    In addition, Armstrong said the American people had to promise that, following his announcement, they would resist the urge to remove their Livestrong bracelets and throw them away or burn them.



    “Okay, there’s no easy way to put this, but, well, you guys know how I won a record seven consecutive Tours de France between 1999 and 2005?” said Armstrong, who took a sip of water as his hand visibly shook. “Well, this has to do with that. It also has to do with this impending federal investigation of my cycling team. What it absolutely does not have anything to do with is the fact that I am an inspiration to cancer sufferers worldwide—cancer sufferers who could potentially experience serious physical and emotional setbacks if you break your promise and get mad at me.”



    Throughout the preamble to his announcement, onlookers reported getting the impression that Armstrong felt some need to defend what he was about to tell the country. The world’s most successful cyclist spent almost 25 minutes telling the nation that, as a top-level international athlete, one has to do certain things to remain competitive; that he has no regrets; and that, given the chance to live his life again, he would do everything again the same way.



    Armstrong also repeatedly mentioned that he had beaten cancer.



    “You have to understand—in the high-pressure world of competitive cycling, it’s all about getting any advantage you can,” Armstrong said. “And if we were being realistic, we’d have to admit that everyone in cycling was trying to get an advantage. So, in a way, if we were all trying to get the same advantage, then the playing field was still completely equal. So I was still the best. It makes sense when you look at it that way. And nothing I am about to tell you changes that. So, when I’m finished saying what I have to say, you all have to promise to still adore me.”



    “In fact, if you don’t still adore me, and you suddenly get all huffy and say that I wasn’t really a hero all these years, you are in the wrong here, not me,” Armstrong added. “You. Not me.”



    Armstrong then stood, paced back and forth for a moment, shook his head, and returned to the microphone.



    “You guys are not making this easy for me, that’s for damn sure,” he said. “This really shouldn’t be hard. Because it’s actually not even really that big of a deal. At all. Frankly, I don’t even know why I’m here right now.”



    Armstrong reiterated for a fifth and sixth time that he had beaten cancer.



    “Okay, here goes,” Armstrong said. “Um, in the late ’90s and early 2000s, I took, um… You see, in order to give myself a better chance of winning, I… Yes, there were instances during the Tour when…”



    “You know what? I forgot what I was going to say,” Armstrong added. “Sorry. I feel like an idiot. Have a nice afternoon.”

  21. Jungle Jim



    Stranraer did not die and leave behind over a £100 Million in unpaid debt.




  22. GlassTwoThirdsFull on




    Slightly complicated, but basically it was when we moved from three divisions to four. The bottom 8 in the old second division became the new third division along with ICT and Ross County (remember when they were minnows!). Teams 2-6 along with teams 8-12 from division one became division two. Stranraer won division two and got promoted to division one.

  23. GlassTwoThirdsFull on

    BTW – maybe the podgemeister should be careful what he wishes for – Stranraer went straight back down the following season…..

  24. itsabouttim



    15:12 on


    17 January, 2013



    I was 1/2 hour ahead of you in the queue. At 10.35 they announced that all tickets had been sold. I don’t understand how that message didn’t make it back to you. I did notice that as we dispersed the queue 50 yards behind just moved forward as if everything was still OK.

  25. Son: “Dad, we’re learning about prisms at school. They’re fascinating.”


    Dad: “That’s good son, because as a dyslexic hun, you’re bound to end up in one.”




    Little boy gets home from school and says “Dad, I’ve got a part in the school play as a man who’s been married for 25 years.”


    His Dad replies “Never mind Son. Maybe next time you’ll get a speaking part!!”