Tom Rogic admits he doubted his Celtic future before thriving under Deila

Tom Rogic admits he is somewhat surprised by his rise to stardom at Celtic.

Celtic midfielder Tom Rogic has told the Daily Record that he didn't expect to be such a key player for the Bhoys when he left the club on loan in 2014.

Rogic, 22, joined Celtic from Central Coast Mariners in January 2013, having established himself as one of the top young prospects in Australian football.

However, the midfielder struggled to make an impact with the Bhoys, playing just 15 games in his first two-and-a-half years with the club having suffered a number of injuries.

Rogic also went back to Australia in 2014, penning a loan deal with Melbourne Victory in a bid to play first-team football and get himself in contention for the Australia World Cup squad.

Now, Rogic is back to full speed at Celtic, and he has become a surprise mainstay of Ronny Deila's side this season, playing 15 games already in all competitions, scoring four goals in the process.

Rogic was outstanding against Aberdeen on Saturday, and it appears that Celtic may have another star on their hands - but the player himself didn't expect such a change in fortunes.

The 22-year-old has spoken to the Daily Record about his career with Celtic, and admitted that when he signed for Melbourne Victory, he didn't expect to play such a big role with the club, and had some doubts over his place with the Bhoys.

"I didn’t think too far in the future when I went back home," said Rogic. "It was leading up to the World Cup and I wasn’t playing much at Celtic and needed games. Looking back on it now it seems a long time ago and things can change so quickly.

"But at that point did I think I’d be coming back here now and be playing in the Celtic team? Maybe not but it’s amazing how things work out. I was never really trying to prove anyone wrong when I went back. Maybe if anything I was trying to prove to myself that I could still do it but that wasn’t my main motivation. It was just the way it went. I’m pleased with the way it has all worked out in the end because I’m back here and playing for the team," he added.

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