There were a host of Australian guns in action around the world on the weekend – and plenty of highlights for Socceroos fans to enjoy.
Two assists for our Scotland-based stars, a surprisingly clinical strike from the towering Harry Souttar – and an unlucky own goal for another defender.
All that and more in another jam-packed ROO RADAR!
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Boyle keeps building
Martin Boyle continued his exceptional form in the Scottish Premiership, bagging a crucial assist to help Hearts come from two goals down to secure a 2-2 draw against St Mirren.
Boyle got behind his man on the right wing before laying the ball off smartly for Scott Allan to make it 2-1.
After winning the SPFL’s player of the month for December with two braces and an assist, the Australian winger has since bagged three assists in his last four games.
He’s also played all but 14 minutes across nine matches since returning to the Hibs’ starting XI at the start of December.
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Rogic’s ripping assist
Another Aussie ambassador in Scotland is Tom Rogic, who also managed to notch an assist next to his name over the weekend.
Since his last start on the first of December, Rogic has made just four appearances for Celtic in the league – all of those coming off the bench late in the match.
But Rogic made the most of his 16 minutes in his most recent appearance, neatly playing through Odsonne Edouard for a simple finish in a 4-1 win over ten-man Hamilton.
Daniel Arzani was an unused substitute in the match.
Celtic are seven points clear of Rangers, who have a game in hand.
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Should Souttar be a striker?
The Socceroos’ towering centre-back Harry Souttar’s goalscoring exploits continue to grow. Having scored four times for the Socceroos in his first two international appearances, he’s now shown that it’s not only his high-altitude forehead that can send the ball into the back of the net.
Playing for League One’s Fleetwood Town (on loan from Stoke City in the Championship), Souttar scored the winner with a close-range low shot in a 2-1 win over Doncaster.
Fleetwood are ninth in the league, but just eleven points off the top of the table – and with two games in hand.
In League Two, central defender Cameron Burgess scored an unlucky own goal as Salford drew 1-1 with Port Vale.
Burgess unfortunately bundled a whipped cross into his own net.
Salford City remain in 11th in League Two.
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Nikita is good, Israeli good
Nikita Rukavytsya is continuing to enjoy life in Israel with Maccabi Haifa, claiming the player of the month award for January after scoring in six consecutive matches.
The hot streak, dating back to Christmas Eve, sadly ended over the weekend in a 1-0 loss (with Trent Sainsbury an unused substitute).
But seven goals and an assist from his last seven games means this Socceroo striker is well in the frame for another national team appearance.
In the Premier League, Mat Ryan played the full match and Aaron Mooy 72 minutes in a thrilling 3-3 draw with West Ham.
In the Championship, Jackson Irvine played 67 minutes in a 5-1 loss for Hull City to Brentford.
Brad Smith didn’t play for Cardiff City after his loan move to the club last week.
And Massimo Luongo was also unused in a goalless draw for his Sheffield Wednesday against Millwall.
In League One, Bailey Wright’s move to Sunderland has earned him plenty of minutes. Debuting midweek, he then played the full match on the weekend in a 2-0 loss against Portsmouth. Ryan Williams also played the whole match for Portsmouth.
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Mark Milligan played the full match as his Southend United beat Lincoln City 2-1 – their first home win of the season.
Ryan Edwards played 83 minutes for Burton Albion in a 3-2 loss to Rotherham United.
Back in Scotland, Lyndon Dykes played the full match in a 1-0 win for Livingston over Motherwell.
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AROUND THE WORLD
Minutes were hard to come by for a few of our Socceroos across Europe.
In Germany, Mathew Leckie and Brandon Borrello were both again left out of their Bundesliga squads (Hertha Berlin and Freiburg respectively).
In Turkey, Aziz Behich was left on the bench as Istanbul Basaksehir beat Genclerbiligi 3-1.
In Croatia, Fran Karacic played the full match in a 2-1 win for his Lokomotiv Zagreb over NK Rjijeka.
In the Netherlands, Ajdin Hrustic came on in the 65th minute as Groningen lost 1-0 to PEC Zwolle.
In Saudi Arabia, Brad Jones held on for a 1-1 draw for his Al Nassr with Damac, and Craig Goodwin played the full 90 for Al Wehda in a 3-1 loss to Al Ettifaq.