Tom Rogic comments on his 'big step' towards injury comeback

The 22-year-old Celtic star featured for the development squad recently.

Celtic midfielder Tom Rogic admits he made a 'big step' towards returning to full fitness after featuring for the club's development side earlier this week, according to the club's official website.

Rogic played 45 minutes for the development side against Motherwell and says it is a delight not to have to worry about his injury problems and take part in a free-flowing match after so long out.

The 22-year-old has, however, warned that he still has plenty to do to return to 100 per cent fitness, especially as he is yet to play a full 90 minutes.

But there is no denying the Celtic star has made a move in the right direction and can look forward to challenging for a place in the Bhoys' midfield once again.

“It was a big moment for me,” the Australian said. “Nothing compares to playing a game at any level so to get back out there and play a free-flowing match and not have to worry about my injury and just get on with the match was a positive feeling.

“After so long it was nice to not worry about that but I’m not saying I’m 100% fit - I still have work to do - but that’s a big step in the right direction after a long time.”

Scott Brown and Nir Biton have often provided the heart of Celtic's midfield this season and, all being well, they should do so again this Friday at St Mirren.

Ronny Deila's men head into that clash five points clear of second-placed Aberdeen with a game in hand. And eventually having Rogic back will only strengthen Celtic's already abundant availability of options.

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