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ROGIC IS ‘£9m TARGET’

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TOM ROGIC has emerged as a £9million target for Russian giants Zenit St Petersburg, according to media reports.

Celtic, though, will not be interested in doing business at that price for the Australian international midfielder who still has four years left on his contract.

Rogic, 26, made a mere 16 starts, scoring three goals, in the Premiership last season in a campaigned plagued with a troublesome knee injury sustained playing for his country in the Asian Cup at the turn of the year.

However, Zenit, apparently have the playmaker on their wish-list and are putting together an offer that will be rejected by the champions.

Neil Lennon has until 11pm on Thursday to sign new players who can face FK Sarajevo in the Champions League qualifier and is concentrating his squad as opposed to allowing key players move on for derisory fees, as they have shown by booting out Arsenal’s £15million bid for Kieran Tierney.

Ironically, neither Rogic nor Tierney have a chance of playing against the Bosnian double winners a week tonight with both working on fitness at Lennoxtown.

The left-back, who underwent a double hernia operation in the summer, returned from the pre-season training camp in Austria at the weekend while the Aussie was left behind for an extended rest following sustaining an ankle injury in the historic 2-1 Scottish Cup Final triumph over Hearts on May 25, as CQN reported at the weekend.

He lasted until the 70th minute before being replaced by Olivier Ntcham at Hampden.

It appears, though, Rogic’s current condition is not a deterrent to Zenit as they consider a firm offer for a player signed by Lennon from Central Coast Mariners in 2013.

 

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