Brendan Rodgers confirms Celtic interest in £3.4million fans favourite

Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers has claimed that he is unaware of reports claiming Australian international Tom Rogic has rejected a new contract offer from the club.

The Aussie still has just under 18 months remaining on his current deal with Celtic, but the club are looking for him to commit his future to the club after netting 24 goals from 12 appearances across all competitions.

The Northern Irish boss revealed Celtic has been in contract negotiations with Rogic, but has said that he has not been informed of any developments on the matter.

Rodgers told Sky Sports:

“I am not aware of that to be honest. We have just arrived back from Russia. I know Tom and his representatives have been speaking with the club for a little bit of time but that is the first I have heard about that.

Rodgers, asked on whether the club are looking to keep Rogic, he said:

“Tom is a very important player for Celtic. He has been a joy to work with in my time here. He has been here for a considerable period of time but certainly in the 20 months I have been here he has been absolutely brilliant.

“Of course, at Celtic we want to keep our best players. It is not always easy because at times they will either want to move on or offers come in from clubs.”

It all remains to be seen how the transfer saga surrounding Rogic unfolds after the World Competition in Russia, until then, this report should be taken with a pinch of salt.

The attacking midfielder, who the outlet claimed he’s valued at £3.4million, has been a fans’ favourite for long but has struggled with injuries this season. Rogic in 29 appearances has only managed to net in four goals but hasn’t scored any goal since his last opener in Celtic’s 2-0 win over Rangers at Ibrox on September 23.

Celtic currently sit nine points clear at the top of the Scottish Premiership table and would be back in action this Sunday when they take on Aberdeen at the Pittodrie Stadium.

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