Celtic midfielder Tom Rogic has been told he faces stiff competition from former St Mirren playmaker Aaron Mooy for a place in the Australia side.
Rogic enhanced his hopes of starting in today’s World Cup qualifier against Harry Redknapp’s Jordan in Sydney after climbing off the bench and netting a brace in last Thursday’s 7-0 hammering of Tajikistan.
The 23-year-old replaced Queens Park Rangers midfielder Massimo Luongo in the middle of the park, while fellow midfielder Mooy played the full game.
Mooy, who turned out for the Buddies between 2010 and 2012, has played his way into Ange Postecoglou’s plans following an impressive domestic campaign with Melbourne City and the Australia manager admits he faces a midfield selection headache.
Postecoglou said: “The way we’re evolving our play, it’s not just those three (Mooy, Rogic, Luongo) competing for spots.
“It’s a great weapon to have. If I start with Aaron or Mass, I can throw Tom on for the last half an hour, and no team is going to like that.
“If I start with Tom and Mass, I can thrown Aaron on. Or all three.
“At the same time we have a structure, in the past we’ve been guilty as a national team of trying to fit all our best players into one team.
“Now their role in the team might be 90 mins or 30 or five.”