Have Celtic opened the door for Southampton to sign Tom Rogic?

Southampton manager Ralph Hasenhuttl during a Southampton FC press conference at the Staplewood Campus on February 07, 2019 in Southampton, England.

Premier League outfit Southampton reportedly want to raid Celtic yet again for Australian star Rogic - could David Turnbull be his replacement?

26th January 2019, Dens Park, Dundee, Scotland; Ladbrokes Premiership football, Dundee versus Motherwell; Benjamin Kallman of Dundee and David Turnbull of Motherwell

Southampton have all but missed out on David Turnbull with the Motherwell star expected to complete a £3 million move to Celtic.

But, as the old cliché goes, one door closed sees another open. And with the Sydney Morning Herald claiming last month that The Saints were hoping to sign Australian international Tom Rogic this summer, Turnbull’s move to Parkhead could perhaps give them renewed hope that a deal is indeed possible.

 

After all, the 19-year-old looks like a ready-made successor for Rogic in the number 10 role at Celtic. A natural goalscorer who thrives when playing just off the front, The Hoops have a real star of the future with Turnbull on board.

But could this see the end of Rogic in green and white? The Sydney Morning Herald reported that a Southampton side who have raided Celtic over the years for Virgil van Dijk, Stuart Armstrong and Victor Wanyama are keen to bring the skilful playmaker to St Mary’s.

Tomas Rogic of Celtic celebrates after scores his team's third goal during the Betfred Scottish League Cup round of sixteen match between Partick Thistle and Celtic at Firhill Stadium on...

Rogic will cost somewhere in the region of £20million – a fee that Celtic will surely be tempted to accept given that they have a number of other positions in need of strengthening.

Now, with Turnbull swapping Fir Park for Glasgow, this is the perfect time for Southampton to test Celtic’s resolve.

Tom Rogic of Australia controls the ball during the International Friendly match between the Australian Socceroos and Korea Republic at Suncorp Stadium on November 17, 2018 in Brisbane,...

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