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'I'll be ready', says Socceroo Tom Rogic

Press Association logoPress Association 11/05/2017

Midfielder Tom Rogic has assured Celtic fans he will be ready to fire in the Champions League once he returns from international duty with the Socceroos.

Celtic's first Champions League qualifier will be on July 11 or 12, a few days after the completion of FIFA's Confederations Cup in Russia where the prized playmaker will represent Australia.

Before that the 24-year-old will turn out in the Scottish Cup final against Aberdeen at Hampden Park on May 27, leaving him with a hectic schedule.

But the Griffith-born star is not too concerned, he told reporters ahead of the Premiership clash with Aberdeen at Pittodrie on Friday.

"We have an important qualifier coming up back home followed by a friendly then off to Russia for the Confederations Cup.

"I have spoken to the sports science guys at the club and the manager as well.

"I have missed a little bit of the season already, so I look at that as having had my break, so after the internationals it's straight back in ready to go into pre-season and the qualifiers.

"I will be feeling fit and ready to go. It is not an issue."

Celtic have beaten Aberdeen three times in the league this season and also in the Cup final.

Rogic scored in the 4-1 Premiership win last August, the only goal of the game at Pittodrie in October and in the 3-0 Cup final win over the Dons at Hampden Park in November.

However, he insists the final league meeting of the season will have no bearing on their cup final clash.

He said: "Regardless of the way the match goes, I don't think it will have too much of an effect on the cup final.

"The cup final is a one-off match, it is high pressure and anything can happen so I don't think you can look too much into it."

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