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Rogic: Loan move vital

Tom Rogic remains committed to Celtic but says his return to Australia is the best for his career - and World Cup hopes

The 21-year-old midfielder has made just five starts, along with nine substitute appearances, since moving to Glasgow last year.

And he is now heading back to his homeland to play for Melbourne Victory until the end of the season on-loan.

Melbourne are managed by former Rangers defender Kevin Muscat and Rogic says: "Don't get me wrong, I'm happy there (Celtic), it's a fantastic club, but I think it's important for me at this stage in my career to be playing.

"It's been a good learning experience. I feel I'm a much better player than I was 12 months ago so I look back on the past 12 months as a positive.

"It's a successful club, in the European Champions League, so I certainly don't have any regrets."

Rogic, who has collected eight caps for Australia, is keen to play in the World Cup finals for the Socceroos who have been drawn in the same group as Spain, Netherlands and Chile.

Rogic added: "I don't think there's any Australian footballer right now that wouldn't want to be a part of that World Cup.

"At 21, the thought of possibly being at a World Cup in Brazil is pretty special.

"Obviously I want to do everything I can to be part of that."