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Arnie in Scotland to speak to 3 managers about his stars

New Socceroos manager Graham Arnold is in Scotland for talks with Brendan Rodgers, Craig Levein and Neil Lennon, the managers of Champions Celtic, current leaders Hearts and their cross-city rivals Hibernian FC.

The trip is far from a holiday, of late a few Australians have followed Socceroos mainstay Tom Rogic to Scotland with Daniel Arzani on loan with the Hoops, Ben Garuccio at Hearts as well as Jamie Maclaren and Mark Milligan at Hibernian.

Scotland is a country well suited for Australians, the style of play is physical, the conditions tough and these 5 are following in the footsteps of players like Mark Viduka, Craig Moore, Jackson Irvine, Danny Invincible, Scott McDonald and Tony Vidmar who plied their trades at multiple teams.

Some like Viduka used Celtic as a springboard to launch their careers whilst others like Moore played until they became legends, in Moore’s case, at the old Rangers.

Rogic looks set to become a legend in Hoops after signing a 5-year contract before the World Cup, should he see it out he will be within 6 months of earning the right for a testimonial having joined in the January window of 2012-13.

Arzani, on the other hand, is yet to make his debut for the Parkhead team and this will likely be discussed by the new Socceroos supremo looking to get the most of his young charge who will be a crucial player for Australia in years to come.

If Celtic do indeed get the best out of him then parent club Manchester City will have a real gem on their hands. 

Garuccio is another lad with the world at his feet, the combative defender enjoyed a victory over an understrength Celtic and was impressive throughout as the Champions rested players in an unsuccessful attempt to qualify for the Champions League.

His Hearts team are undefeated and with more impressive performances he may well earn Craig Levein’s men a hefty transfer south to the mega-rich English Leagues.

Scottish managers will no doubt be looking with some anticipation for bargains on offer in the A-League when it begins, our phobia of transfer fees and tough and ambitious players is just the mix Scottish teams are looking for.

Australians actually fare much better than more highly fancied Latin players who have proven disastrous in Scotland from Celtic’s Rafael Scheidt through to Pedro Caixinha’s failed Galacticos last season.

Hopefully, Arnie’s summits are held in good humour and bear fruit, the manager has already spoken of how the ‘clubs own these players and we only borrow them for a few days’ stating that a harmonious relationship between club and country is what he is chasing.

With Australia due to defend the Asian Cup in January there is of course an added bonus, Scotland takes the first 3 weeks off and then the Premiership teams fall into the Scottish Cup where they generally blood youth should they draw a lower division team.

Should the relationship between Arnold and the clubs be cordial, we may well see more moving there at the same time our National XI defend their Continental crown.

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