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Rogne excited by Hoops chance
Published : 27 Jan 2010 14:04:49
The 19-year-old Norwegian was a first-team player at Stabaek for a year and hopes to make Mowbray's starting XI soon after appearing in a closed-doors friendly win over Blackburn last week. Rogne's prospects could be enhanced by the loan departure of club captain Stephen McManus as Middlesbrough boss Gordon Strachan seeks to increase the colony of his ex-Celtic players at the Riverside. Rogne said: "I'm a central defender and that's my priority at all times. I try to defend my own goal first and foremost. "However, I also try to be a defender who plays from the back. I try to make passes and build the play from the defence. "That's what the manager likes from his central defenders and hopefully I can get better in that respect." The teenager comes with European experience, which he enjoyed despite suffering a 7-1 aggregate defeat by Valencia. "We had some good games in Europe with Stabaek," Rogne told the Celtic View. "We played against Valencia last summer and it was a fantastic experience. "I was up against (David) Villa and (David) Silva and they are both world-class players. "So far they are the best I have played against but I hope to get a lot more European experience with Celtic in the coming years. "I know Celtic have a proud history in European football. In the last few years, the club has done well on the Champions League stage and I hope to play on that stage." Rogne added: "It feels really good to be at Celtic. It's a massive club with great facilities, good coaches, top-quality players and friendly people. "I heard Celtic were interested in me a little while ago and I was really excited about moving to the club. "It's a good move, a big move, but I think Celtic is the right club for me. It's a higher level than Norway and more is expected of me."