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‘WE HAVE THE STRENGTH TO KO AEK,’ ROGIC

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TOM ROGIC is on a Euro mission in the Champions League qualifier against AEK Athens at Parkhead on Wednesday.

The classy Australian midfielder admitted he is fit and raring to go as Celtic aim to gatecrash the lucrative group stages for the third successive season.

Rogic, who got the opener in the 3-1 win over Livingston at the weekend with his first-ever headed goal for the Hoops, said: “I feel good. The extra break helped me and I feel ready now to come in and help the team.

“Hopefully, I can play a part against AEK because we all know that making it through in the Champions League is a big ambition we have every year.

”I think it does help that we have been over the course before. These occasions can be a bit nervy, but for us as players it is just about concentrating on our job.

“The Champions League is where we all want to play, but there is still a long road ahead of us.”

Brendan Rodgers’ side will be without the striking power of Moussa Dembele and his fellow-Frenchman Olivier Ntcham gave the Irishman a fright when he limped off at the end of the Livi encounter.

But Rogic reckons the champions have sufficient resources to get through against the Greeks.

The playmaker added: “Its is all about the team progressing and keeping the momentum going.

“Olivier, of course, is an important player for us. Hopefully, he’ll make it, but we have a great squad and there have been times, over the last few seasons, in particular where we have found a way to get through even when some of our important players have been out.

“We all hope he’s fine, but, if not, then there is a full squad here and we all be giving it 100 per cent to try and get a good result.

”Every game is important, home and away. We have started off strong at home and that has got us through and it would be good to do that again this year.

“I don’t know if it will help that we have already started our competitive season. We can only focus on ourselves and if we can get a good result to take over there then that would be ideal. But we know how hard it is going to be.

“These are really difficult games and we need to concentrate fully and try and play as well as we can.”

 
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