Celtic's Australian star Tom Rogic runs with the ball.
Celtic's Australian star Tom Rogic runs with the ball. Scott Heppell

Socceroo stars for Celtic despite head knock

SOCCEROO Tom Rogic wasn't going to let a nasty head knock get in the way of enjoying Celtic's 5-0 thrashing of Astana in the first leg of their European Champions League qualification playoff.

The attacking midfielder had played 63 minutes of the game in Glasgow before being forced from the field with bleeding from his head.

The Aussie had earlier created the opening goal for Celtic just after half an hour by driving into the six-yard box before his cross-shot was diverted into the net by Astana defender Evgeni Postnikov.

"Tom is fine. He took a real whack on it but he is fine,” Celtic coach Brendan Rodgers said. "He was smiling at the end, he obviously made a great contribution when he was on. I would expect him to be fine.”

Scott Sinclair scored twice, once either side of the break, while James Forrest added a fourth for last season's runaway Scottish Premier League winners in the 79th minute.

Astana, the Kazakhstan Premier League champions, scored a second own goal in the 88th minute to complete the rout.

Celtic can book their place in the Champions League main draw in the second leg on August 22.

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