Celtic star Tom Rogic admits he thought he'd never get to play in Old Firm game after missing out last year

The Australian will be hoping to earn a place in Ronny Deila's side for Sunday's contest.

Celtic star Tom Rogic has admitted that he feared that he would finish his Parkhead career without getting to experience an Old Firm game after missing out on last year's contest, The Scottish Sun reports.

The 23-year-old did not feature when the Hoops met Rangers in the semi-final of last season's League Cup so could only watch from the sidelines, and he explained that having to look on from afar made him worry about whether he would ever get the chance to play in the biggest game in Scottish football.

"I have been at the club a long time, so I am really looking forward to the game," he told The Scottish Sun.

"I was here last year for the League Cup semi-final but watched it from the stands. No footballer wants that.

"But that was my experience and, for a long time, I did think I wouldn't get to play in this game."

After managing to get on for the final 20 minutes of the Bhoys' last clash against Motherwell - having previously missed the game against Dundee at the start of the month - The Scottish Sun suggests that the Australian is in contention to make it into Ronny Deila's side for Sunday's Scottish Cup semi-final at Hampden Park.

And after fearing that he would never make his Old Firm bow, he will be desperate to ensure that he makes a similar impact to when Celtic faced Kilmarnock in a Scottish Premiership clash last month.

With the deadlock still yet to be broken as the game reached its conclusion, it was the attacking midfielder who hit a stunning strike straight into the top corner from well out to provide the team with what has turned out to be a big win in the title race.

And he will be keen to score a goal of similar importance against Mark Warburton's men as he knows all too well that there is no guarantee that another opportunity is going to come around. 

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