Ange Postecoglou reveals just how easy it was to convince Aussie star Aaron Mooy to join Celtic…and backs the veteran Socceroo to make an impact at the World Cup
Ange Postecoglou has revealed it didn’t take long to convince Aaron Mooy to join him at Celtic – and backed the Socceroos star to excel at the World Cup in Qatar next month.
Mooy, 32, boldly opted to train alone, outside of China earlier this year, so he could feature in Australia’s eventual play-off victories over the UAE and Peru in June.
It resulted in the veteran midfielder being released by his Chinese club side Shanghai Port – and the Celtic boss didn’t hesitate to get in touch.
‘It was a unique situation, and with Aaron living in Glasgow, I decided to bring him in,’ Postecoglou told Fox Sports.
‘I know he is a quality player and I’m really pleased because we gained a good player for our squad. I knew he could contribute.’
Ange Postecoglou has revealed it didn’t long to convince Aaron Mooy to him to join him at Celtic this season
Mooy, 32, trained alone outside of China earlier this year so he could feature in Australia’s eventual play-off victories over the UAE and Peru in June – he was then released by his Chinese club Shanghai Port
Mooy had a slow start at Celtic Park, and some Hoops fans wondered if the former Huddersfield Town and Brighton star was up going to be a fringe player in Scotland.
He quickly silenced his critics, and has started Celtic’s last two league matches, bagging three assists.
Postecoglou expects Mooy to be a key figure for the Socceroos in Qatar, starting with their first match against France on November 23.
‘With Aaron, he’s definitely on the way there (with form and fitness), his last few games for us have been excellent,’ the former Socceroos boss said.
‘If he’s in good physical condition I know Aaron can certainly make an impact and be a big influence.’
Postecoglou also hopes to see Tom Rogic in Graham Arnold’s final squad.
Mooy has started Celtic’s last two league matches in Scotland, bagging three assists
Currently on the books of Championship outfit West Bromwich Albion, the elegant midfielder needs playing time over the next few weeks to stay in Arnold’s thoughts.
He left Celtic in May, where he won domestic trophies for fun as well as chalking up 272 appearances across seven seasons.
Rogic told Postecoglou he needed a ‘new challenge’ – and left Celtic Park with the blessing of his coach.
Celtic will be on Australian shores next month when they take part in the inaugural Sydney Super Cup from November 17.
Joining them will be EPL side Everton, with matches also featuring Sydney FC and the Western Sydney Wanderers.