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Published 10/08/2015 | 02:30

Celtic's Stefan Johansen (left) and Partick Thistle's Gary Fraser battle for the ball
Celtic's Stefan Johansen (left) and Partick Thistle's Gary Fraser battle for the ball
Patrick Thistle's Liam Lindsay (L) in action with Celtic's Leigh Griffiths

Ronny Deila admitted he had no idea who Tom Rogic was when he first moved to Celtic - but has now hinted the Australian could have played his way into the Hoops' Champions League line-up.

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The 22-year-old netted his first goal for the club while making his first Hoops start in almost two years at Firhill. The £400,000 signing from Central Coast Mariners has not been seen in a Celtic starting XI since the infamous League Cup shocker to Morton back in September 2013.

Speaking after the Premiership victory - sealed by Kris Commons' second-half strike - Deila said: "Tom was very good for the first 40 minutes. You can see what kind of talent he is with his touch of the ball and awareness.

"He has a lot of things that he can give to the team and I think we will see much more of him. When I came here I hadn't heard anything about him, so I didn't know who he was.

"He was injured the whole time for almost a year last season but once we got him started again I saw that he had something special."

Asked if Rogic was a candidate to start in Celtic's Champions League play-off clashes with Malmo, Deila said: "Yeah, he has shown he is an option for our team."

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