Celtic have made an approach to buy an ownership stake in Australian side Central Coast Mariners.

The Hoops signed Tom Rogic from the A-League side in 2013 and now reports suggest the New South Wales team are the Hoops’ main target to make a splash Down Under.

Fairfax Media says Celtic are keen on investing in a team to gain a foothold in the emerging Australian market and are also believed to be weighing up a move for Brisbane Roar.

Representatives of the Premiership champions have held talks with Mariners in the hope of securing a deal.

The national team once again qualified for the World Cup and there’s a belief that more players of the standard of Rogic are waiting to be untapped.

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Mariners chairman Mike Charlesworth said: “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.

“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].”

Premier League giants Manchester City are one team who have already made their mark in Australia with their owners purchasing Melbourne City.

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