Pundit backs ‘different class’ player for Leeds or Newcastle transfer after Parkhead exit

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Celtic have allowed Tom Rogic to leave – and Michael Bridges is backing him for a move to Leeds United or even Newcastle United.

Celtic were able to celebrate their title-winning campaign in style on Saturday by hammering Motherwell 6-0 at Celtic Park.

This was party time for Celtic as they celebrated a stunning first season under Ange Postecoglou.

It wasn’t all joy though as there were also emotional scenes with playmaker Tom Rogic saying his goodbyes to the Celtic faithful.

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Celtic have allowed Tom Rogic to leave

Celtic announced last week that playmaker Rogic and midfielder Nir Bitton are both leaving the club this summer.

Rogic joined Celtic way back in 2013 and has proven to be an absolute bargain since his move from Central Coast Mariners.

Now 29, Rogic has racked up 44 goals in 250 games for Celtic, winning 16 trophies along the way.

Rogic was substituted in the second half against Motherwell and left the pitch to a standing ovation.

Rogic was in tears as he said goodbye to Celtic before receiving a huge embrace from boss and compatriot Postecoglou.

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Rogic for Leeds or Newcastle?

The attention will soon turn to the next step for Rogic and what exactly the future holds for him.

Rogic isn’t finished at 29 by any means and he will surely be a man in demand this summer having been branded ‘different class’ by Ally McCoist just last month.

Rogic’s future is a hot topic over in Australia and has been discussed in depth by Optus Sport and their podcast GegenPod.

Michael Bridges – a former A-League star who turned out for Leeds United and Newcastle United – has now had his say.

The pundit thinks Postecoglou is ‘gutted’ to be losing Rogic, hence the emotional scenes over the weekend.

Bridges added that he thinks Rogic would fit perfectly into the Leeds team or even Newcastle’s – but thinks the Magpies may end up going for ‘bigger and better’ names than Rogic.

“It was absolutely brilliant scenes to see him departing the field, it was a very emotional moment,” said Bridges. “I think the embrace with Ange was for about 30 seconds because I think Ange is gutted that he’s going as well.”

“I’d like to see Tom Rogic getting to a Premier League football club, I still think he has something to offer. I wouldn’t mind seeing him at Newcastle actually. I think they are going to go bigger and better but Newcastle United could be an option.”

“I could see him fitting into a Brighton team and I could also see him fitting into a Leeds United team, I think that would be the kind of thing you’re looking at,” he added.

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