Celtic make enquiry to buy former club of Australian midfielder Tom Rogic

The Scottish champions are keen to invest in the homeland of one of their star attacking players

Celtic are considering making an offer to buy A-League club Central Coast Mariners - the team from which they signed midfielder Tom Rogic.

The Scottish champions sent representatives to Australia earlier this month to visit the Gosford-based club's facilities and attend their 2-0 win over Sydney FC on November 10, according to a report in the Sydney Morning Herald.

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A link between the two clubs was established in 2012 when Australian international Rogic moved from Central Coast to Celtic for a reported fee of around AU$700,000.

It's believed while the Hoops didn't make a concrete offer for the Mariners during their tour of the club, they have privately spoken of their eagerness to invest in the A-League once a new operating model is established - with Indonesian-owned Brisbane Roar also understood to be a potential target.

Celtic see a foray into the Australian market as a way of expanding their brand and utilizing player development outside of Scotland.

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"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 chairman Mike Charlesworth told the Sydney Morning Herald.

"Frankly, I haven't personally spoken to anyone at Celtic, that's been handled by [chief executive] Shaun [Mielekamp] and [chief financial officer] Kathy [Duncan]."

City Football Group, the owners of Manchester City, already have a presence in Australia with the purchase of Melbourne City in 2014 adding to their stable of football clubs around the world - including New York City and Yokohama F. Marinos.