Celtic sign midfielder Tom Rogic

Celtic have completed their first signing of the January transfer window in the form of midfielder Tom Rogic from Australian A League side Central Coast Mariners.

The Australian International had joined up with the Celtic squad for a Winter Training Camp last week, and appears to have impressed Manager Neil Lennon.

The attacking midfielder was out of contract in May, and will be purchased for a fee believed to be around £500,000 on a four-and-a-half year contract.

Rogic has had an interesting start to life as a footballer after he won a football competition called ‘The Chance’ enabling him to join the Nike Football Academy.

Reading spotted his talents and were in discussions with him regarding a move to the club before he moved to Central Coast Mariners in January 2012. A move to the Madejski Stadium failed to materialise due to not being able to obtain a working visa.

Due to his recent International breakthrough with the socceroos, being granted a work permit is extremely likely, and he will compete for a position in the SPL sides midfield.

The attacking midfielder, 20, tends to play as a typical number 10, due to his vision and technique on the ball, and the ability to create chances for the forwards. It is a smart and cost effective move by Celtic to bring him to Parkhead, with a small outlay on a potentially brilliant talent for the future.