Tom Rogic has made it clear where he wants to be playing this weekend…and it’s at Ibrox against Rangers.
The Celtic star has been forced to miss the Old Firm Derby to play in the Asian Cup warm-up match against Oman and took to Instagram to vent.
“…I did everything in my power to stay for the match. I am a proud Australian but also love my club… It should never have been a debate between playing for club or country, ideally it would have been for both.”
Pointedly, the post includes a photo of him celebrating victory at Ibrox.
Rogic added that he was proud to play for his country but UK media has used the post to drive an even deeper wedge between the player and the Australian Football Federation.
I’m very disappointed to be missing the game on the 29th. A decision has been made but I did everything in my power to stay for the match. I am a proud Australian but also love my club. It should never have been a debate between playing for club or country, ideally it would have been for both. Another challenge awaits in the Asian Cup, where I will give my all and proudly represent my country.. 🍀🇦🇺
Scotland-based Socceroos Mark Milligan, Jamie Maclaren and Martin Boyle will also miss the Edinburgh derby clash with Hearts on the same day.
But national team boss Graham Arnold has hit back at the critics.
“I don’t know how much more I can do for the clubs," Arnold told the Scottish Sun. "I feel I’ve been extremely fair in relaxing the meet-up date...
“Under FIFA rules, I would normally have gathered the players together on Christmas Eve. But I am aware that Boxing Day is a big deal for the clubs in Britain.
“I could have made the players miss those games but I didn’t. Instead, I looked at a cut-off point after the fixtures on December 26."