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Rogic will make Celtic stronger: Commons

Celtic star Kris Commons says new Australian teammate Tom Rogic will create competition for places and make the Scottish Premier League (SPL) leaders even stronger.

Talented 20-year-old playmaker Rogic has agreed to terms with Celtic, putting pen to paper on a four-and-a-half year deal, his A-League club Central Coast confirmed on Friday.

The recently-capped Australian international will officially become a Bhoys player if he is granted a work permit.

Scottish international forward Commons likes what he's seen from the former Mariners' young gun so far.

"I heard rumours Fulham had bid for him and that he was supposed to have been going to Reading," the Scotland star said.

"I have seen him train once and it seems like he has plenty of ability so he'll probably fit in nicely.

"It's competition, not just for me but also for Joe Ledley, and it's always nice to have healthy competition because it makes you better."

A Celtic statement read: "The club can confirm an application will be made to the appropriate authorities in the next couple of days."

Rogic has scored five goals in 24 A-League appearances and impressed Celtic manager Neil Lennon in a trial spell during the Scottish champions' recent Spanish training camp.

Rogic flew to Scotland on Wednesday with the rest of the Celtic squad after the Mariners accepted a bid believed to be around STG400,000 ($A610,000).

The player's future has been the leading A-League transfer story, with English Premier League clubs Fulham, QPR and Reading having also taken an interest.

Central Coast chairman Peter Turnbull was thrilled for Rogic.

"We are delighted with the news that Tom Rogic has agreed personal terms with Celtic Football Club," Turnbull said. "For us, it is a proud day to have played a pivotal role in his development."

"But Tom Rogic's transfer to a club of the magnitude of Celtic also underlines that we at the Mariners are developing talent exceptionally well."

Meanwhile, Commons is raring to go as the SPL prepares to come out of cold storage following its winter break.

The league shut down for two weeks at the beginning of January allowing the Celtic players a much-needed break as they continue to battle multiple fronts.

Celtic top the league by nine points and have a Scottish League Cup semi-final against St Mirren before they face Italian giants Juventus in their Champions League last-16 match.


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