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How Socceroos' star Tom Rogic prompted Celtic to look at buying an A-League club

Tom Rogic might not know it, but he may well be the reason why Celtic could enter the A-League. Fairfax Media understands the Glasgow giants are interested in following the lead of Manchester City and buying an ownership stake in an A-League club with Central Coast Mariners emerging as one of their preferred purchases.

The Scottish champions are eager to explore business and investment opportunities in Australian football and a relationship with the Mariners that began almost five years ago with their purchase of Rogic could lead to a potential bid for the club. The two clubs began forging an unofficial partnership on January 9, 2013, when the attacking midfielder went on trial with Celtic. Having seen their initial investment of $750,000 on Rogic soar, the club is eager to gain a permanent foothold within the Australian football market.

Officials from Celtic were in Australia a fortnight ago and spent time on the Central Coast, visiting the Mariners' new Centre of Excellence training centre and attending the club's 2-0 win over Sydney FC on November 10. They did not discuss a potential takeover during their last visit but sources suggest Celtic have signalled their interest to other parties about buying into the A-League once a new operating model for the competition is finalised.

"I'm not surprised about their interest based on a new A-League operating model because I think it's got a lot of potential," Mariners

Club statement: Avram Papadopoulos

Brisbane Roar Football Club and Avram Papadopoulos acknowledge that the defender?s conduct in the incident with Sydney FC?s Matt Simon in the second half of Saturday night?s Hyundai A-League match was unacceptable.

Roar's key defender is disappointed and sorry for his actions.

"I would like to apologise to the Club, playing group, supporters and sponsors for letting game-related emotions get the better of me which caused a serious error of judgement," Papadopoulos said.

As a Club, we do not condone this type of behaviour.

Brisbane Roar FC recognise that this is an isolated incident and believes it is uncharacteristic of the player.

This matter will be dealt with on the side?s return to Brisbane on Monday. BRFC and Avram Papadopoulos will not be making any further comment at this time.


Australia vs Honduras - 15/11/17 - WC Play Off 2nd Leg - Stadium Australia

Stadium Australia, Sydney, Australia
Wednesday, 15th November 2017
Kickoff 8:00pm (NSW), 7:00pm (QLD)
Coverage on FS 501HD from 6:00pm QLD (Pre Game) & Nine from 7:00pm QLD

Will appear on matchday

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Category C & Category A Restricted View - Sold Out

Category A
Adult Only  -  $85.00

Category B (Single Seats Only)
Adult  -  $65.00
Concession (Pensioner/Student - ID Required)  -  $50.00
Junior (4-16yr)  -  $35.00

Honduras vs Australia - 11/11/17 - WC Qual. Play Off - Estadio Olimpico Metro.

Estadio Olimpico Metropolitano, San Pedro Sula, Honduras
Saturday, 11th November 2017
Kickoff 4:00pm (Honduras), 8:00am (QLD)
Coverage on FS 501HD from 7:30am QLD (Pre Game) & GO! from 7:30am QLD

Will appear on matchday

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>> Australian Squad <<


There's a surprise.

Brisbane Roar is excited to announce the signing of triple Championship-winning defender Ivan Franjic for the Hyundai A-League 2017/18 season.

The Australian international was an integral member of Brisbane's squad between 2009 and 2014, winning three Hyundai A-League Championships and two Premierships.

Head Coach John Aloisi says the versatile fullback, known for both his defensive capabilities as well as a keen eye for goal, is a tremendous addition to his squad.

?We are thrilled to welcome Ivan back to Brisbane Roar Football Club,? Aloisi said.

?In the past he played a key role in bringing success to our Club and we believe he will be fantastic for our talented squad.

?We are signing an experienced versatile footballer, who has played at the highest level for both club and country and will help lead the group.?

Between 2009 and 2014, Franjic made 115 appearances for Brisbane Roar and earned his international debut during that time.

He has since gone on to represent Australia 20 times, featuring at both the 2014 FIFA World Cup and 2015 AFC Asian Cup and is excited to once again be wearing the Brisbane orange.

?I have a lot of special memories in Brisbane and to come back and have these fans support me again is special,? Franjic said.

?My Dad is a huge Brisbane Roar supporter so he was very happy to hear the news. I?m a player that want
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