Ange Postecoglou's quality praise for Aaron Mooy demonstrates his true Celtic worth

By Ben Evans

March 6, 2023

Ange Postecoglou has commented on the impact Celtic star Aaron Mooy has had on the squad’s mentality recently and his recent form. After another well-deserved victory, Ange was speaking to the club’s official YouTube channel.

The Bhoys had a shaky start at St Mirren Park on Sunday lunchtime. A Mark O’Hara penalty saw the hosts go in front after just six minutes.

They maintained their lead until half-time, but were already down to ten men at this point. Charles Dunne misjudged a back pass and brought down Kyogo Furuhashi who would have been through on goal otherwise.

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Celtic took advantage in the second half, scoring five unanswered goals after the break. Ange’s side could have panicked, but the Australian praised Aaron Mooy for keeping his Celtic teammates calm. They put the hosts to the sword and Mooy played a key part in getting the result.

Ange praises Celtic star Mooy’s recent form

Asked about the 32-year-old’s performance at St. Mirren Park, Ange said: “He’s been great for quite a while now. He’s consistently a player who stays calm in these kinds of conditions, understands what needs to be done.

“Mooy’s very clear-headed even though the game at times may seem chaotic, he’s got a real clear head about what he needs to do. He’s been great for us and from our perspective he gives us the impetus to finish the season strong.”

As well as being heavily involved in the first goal, Mooy provided assists for Celtic’s second and third efforts on the day, setting up Alistair Johnston and Liel Abada. The Australian was eventually replaced by Tomoki Iwata, but not before Matt O’Riley extended Celtic’s lead further.

Postecoglou clearly thinks Mooy is bringing intangibles to his team right now, with experience that is truly priceless in tense and dramatic matches. He’s directly contributing with firepower and creativity too, of course. Since arriving at Celtic, Mooy has already scored four goals and provided eight assists for Ange Postecoglou’s side.

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Only Kyogo Furuhashi, Jota and Liel Abada have more goal contributions than the experienced Australian. He’s in the team for so much more than his work in the final third, but it’s nevertheless very much welcomed by Celtic.

He only arrived at Parkhead in the summer, but has already settled in well in Glasgow. He recently named his favourite song the Celtic fans sing, and continues to please Ange with his performances.

The 32-year-old could be set to add more silverware to his collection, after already winning the Scottish League Cup. If all goes well, it would be an incredible debut season for the former St. Mirren man.