BRENDAN RODGERS is keeping tabs on Australian double-act Nick Faust and Leo Mazis.
Both players recently spent a fortnight training with Celtic under the watchful eye of the Hoops boss.
Canberra United defender Faust described the two-week stint with the champions as an “incredible experience” and admitted he is desperate to follow countryman Tom Rogic to the Scottish champions.
Andy Bernal, the Canberra-based agent of the Parkhead side’s World Cup-bound midfielder, arranged for the youngsters to be given the opportunity to impress Rodgers.
Faust, 18, said: “Seeing the intensity of how they train definitely motivates you.
“We got to train with the first team a few times and then watch them play. It was just awesome.
“Everyone was talking about Tom over there and then we met up with him and talked about Canberra a bit.
“He was just happy to speak to somebody who didn’t have an accent!
“Tom was a really nice and just told us to keep working hard and it would great to follow his path and play at that level one day.”
The versatile back-four operator was added to the Canberra squad for their debut National Youth League campaign which kicks off against the Western Sydney Wanders today.
Faust and Belconnen United midfielder Mazis, also 18, hope to be invited back to Parkhead for further trials early next year.
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