Celtic’s Rogic determined to taste ‘proper’ Champions League

Tom Rogic is looking forward to stepping out in the UEFA Champions League with Celtic.

The 20-year old Australian attacking midfielder has experienced the Asian Champions League during his Central Coast Mariners days but he is now gunning for the world’s best club competition as the Hoops prepare for a second round qualifier with Cliftonville in Northern Ireland on Wednesday.

“I played in the Asian Champions League but I don’t think it compares to the Champions League,” he said.

“We played against teams from Japan, South Korea and China. It is not really that big across there.

“It is just seen as another club competition. In terms of quality it is not as good as the main Champions League.

“I regard it as the best club competition in the world.

“To play in it would be amazing — a whole new experience for me.

“The boys here at Celtic all speak highly of the competition and regard it as the best club competition there is.

“I was at the Juventus game last season and the atmosphere was amazing. I hadn’t witnessed anything that even came close.

“I got a taste of it but to play in front of an atmosphere like that would be something different.

“It would be a great achievement if I could play a part in it and it would be good for the club if we made the group stages again.

“We just have to do our best to make sure we get there.”

 
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