Celtic's Tom Rogic has been hailed as one of Europe's top players.
Celtic's Tom Rogic has been hailed as one of Europe's top players. Jeff Holmes

Celtic manager hails 'Magic Man' Rogic

CELTIC boss Brendan Rodgers has declared Australian Tom Rogic can be one of Europe's "top players".

The former Liverpool manager made the glowing endorsement as he revealed the Socceroos playmaker is set to return from an ankle injury that has sidelined him since December 17, with surgery required after a recurrence in February.

The 24-year-old missed his country's last two World Cup qualifiers and Celtic's run-in to claiming the Scottish league.

But now that he's back, Rodgers cannot wait to see him finish the season on a high.

"The magic man is back - what a player. What an amazing player," Rodgers said.

"You saw him grow in the Champions League. You saw him against Manchester City and just purred at his quality.

"There was a big disappointment when he got injured because the week building up to it he was amazing.

"Top players know where there space is and he's as good as any I've seen at finding space.

"What he needed to do was gain intensity and strength, and gain more end product and he did all of that up until he got injured.

"He's a great boost for us in this last 10 games.

"I really mean it when I say he can be one of the top players in Europe. That's what he can develop into - there's no doubt he's top class.

"He's a good boy too and devoted to his profession. He's a key player for us."