Celtic star admits he is frustrated not to be starting despite making huge impact from bench

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Tom Rogic says he was delighted to make such an explosive impact off the bench but admits he is disappointed not to be starting.

Celtic midfielder Tom Rogic has told the club's website that although he was delighted to make such an explosive impact from the substitutes' bench, he is frustrated not to be starting more for Ronny Deila's side.

The Australian came on with just 11 minutes remaining of a goalless match against Kilmarnock and Rugby Park on Saturday and took his brief chance in the best possible fashion by smashing in a spectacular last-minute winner to earn a crucial three points for the Bhoys.

That was just the 23-year-old's third first-team appearance since mid-January, of which he has started only one, after he suffered an injury and then failed to force his way back into the side.

With him not getting regular playing time, there were reports that Rogic wanted to leave the club in earlier this year, but the midfielder clarified his position at the end of February by confirming that he had no desire to quit Parkhead and was hoping to earn a new contract.

He told the club's website that he was delighted to be bale to make the most of the chance he was given, but admitted he is still frustrated not to be starting on a regular basis for the Hoops.

Rogic said: "I felt last week in particular I had a really good week and when you get a chance you just have to take it. It doesn’t always happen like that but fortunately this time it did.

"At the end of January, I hurt my ankle against Hamilton so I was out for a few weeks, and when you lose your place in the team sometimes, you just have to work hard and show the coaches what you can do in training.

"As a substitute you want to try and have an influence on the match. Obviously we all want to be starting, but that’s a decision the coaches make and, as a player, you just have to respect that and be as ready as you can as a substitute and try to have an influence when you come on. Thankfully that was the case for me."

For all his frustration in recent weeks, Rogic is enjoying by far the most profitable season of his Celtic career to date in the current campaign.

The Australian international has scored eight goals in 31 appearances for the club in all competitions and was a regular for Deila's side until picking up his injury at the end of January.

His stunning late winner on Saturday was a vitally important goal for the Bhoys, as it allowed them to take advantage of Aberdeen's defeat at Motherwell and move four points clear of the Dons at the top of the Scottish Premiership table with a game in hand.

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