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US switch would lift Scottish game: Rogic

By Ronnie Esplin

Published 25/11/2015

Keen on America: Tom Rogie has backed plans to play in the US
Keen on America: Tom Rogie has backed plans to play in the US

Tom Rogic has backed plans to take Celtic to the United States for a Scottish Premiership game as it could give the game in Scotland a much-needed boost.

It has emerged that Dundee are investigating plans that would see them give up a home match against the Scottish champions and instead stage it in America.

It is understood Dens Park chiefs and their Parkhead counterparts have held early talks on the proposals, with Boston and Philadelphia mentioned as possible venues.

While the clubs would need the backing of the Scottish Professional Football League - and Fifa - before playing a match overseas, Hoops midfielder Rogic believes it would generate fresh interest in the game north of the border.

"It's a good opportunity to expand the game and broadcast Scottish football on a world stage," said the Australian international.

"Celtic has a massive fan base and it would be fantastic to give some fans over there the chance to see us play.

"There would be a bit of travel involved, but we have a few international boys that are used to that.

"The first thought is that it would be a positive idea.

"Growing up in Australia I knew about the Old Firm and definitely knew about the size of this club, but I guess you could call these plans an innovative way to promote the game a bit more on the world stage."

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