Aussie Rogic eyes Scottish Cup final
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Celtic's Australian midfielder Tom Rogic is aiming to play his way into manager Neil Lennon's plans for the Scottish Cup final after making a rare start for the Scottish Premier League champions last weekend.

The Australia international was one of six changes the manager made for Sunday's 3-1 defeat at Motherwell, as Lennon rested some of his squad with a view to the showpiece finale on 26 May and the early return for next season's UEFA Champions League qualifiers.

Rogic has been on the fringes of the Celtic squad since he joined the Glasgow giants from A-League side Central Coast Mariners in January. The match against Motherwell was just his sixth appearance for the Parkhead club and only his third start.

However, after putting in an impressive performance that Lennon highlighted as the one bright spot in a disappointing defeat, Rogic is hoping he will feature more often between now and the end of the season.

"It's always good to get a game - not so much when we lose, but I'll never complain about being out on the park," the 20-year-old said. "I thought I did OK, but it's hard to think you did OK when you lose.

"It was disappointing and I'm just hoping we can pick up from this and turn things around. The fans have still to see the best of me and there's a lot more to come.

"It's hard when you're coming in and out of the squad trying to make an impact, but I'm determined to do my best.

"I was a bit disappointed with the result, but hopefully I will manage to play some more games before the end of the season. Some of the players are getting a well-deserved rest and that gives me and some of the other boys an opportunity to get into the team, so hopefully I take it.

"I'm pushing myself in training because I'm hoping for some more game-time to show what I can do. For me and for a few other players, this could be a big chance for us now the league has been wrapped up."

Double in the offing
Celtic will be bidding to complete a league and cup double when they meet Hibernian in the Scottish Cup final and Rogic hopes a regular run-out in the team can help him clinch a place in Lennon's side for the game at Glasgow's Hampden Park.

"Anything's possible," he said. "I'll do whatever I can in training and in the matches to come to hopefully try and earn a spot in the team. You always want to play, so you've got to be ready to take your chance.

"I'm just working hard at training, trying to play my part in the team's success and hopefully get a bit more game time in the games to come.

"Every game's important when you're playing at Celtic. You're expected to win every game. It's important standards don't drop and you keep performing."

Next up for Celtic is a league match against Ross County, who are chasing a European place and defeated the Hoops in their last meeting at Victoria Park in March.

"The Motherwell game is behind us now, so we'll look forward to the Ross County game at the weekend," Rogic said.

"That will be another tough match. They're still going for a place in Europe so they have a lot to play for. We want to go there for the three points though, so hopefully we do it and I get another chance to play."