Aaron Mooy reveals how he took up important Celtic penalty-taker role

By Lewis Laird

January 23, 2023

Celtic midfielder Aaron Mooy revealed how he became the club’s new designated penalty taker after scoring from the spot against Greenock Morton.

The 32-year-old played a crucial part in helping the Bhoys comfortably through to the Fifth Round of the Scottish Cup on Saturday.

Mooy scored his second brace in the green and white Hoops during the 5-0 win, setting up a meeting with his former side St Mirren in the next round.

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The midfielder really set things off for Ange Postecoglou’s side at the weekend, stepping up from the spot and opening the scoring.

The Australian’s strike from 12 yards was the second penalty he has taken for the club, having scored from the spot against Hibernian last month.

After successfully converting both penalties, it now seems that Mooy is the club’s designated taker after the exit of Josip Juranovic in the January window.

Speaking in the aftermath of Saturday’s game, the Celtic man revealed how the penalty duties had fallen his way, revealing that it was a decision made by the staff rather than himself.

He said [The Scotsman]: I didn’t put my name forward; the coaches decided.

“But I’ve taken penalties before, at my previous clubs, so that’s maybe what their research showed. I genuinely don’t know who put me forward!

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“They do this set-piece meeting before the games, and you’re just told: ‘Right, you’re on penalties. You take this corner.’ I’m on penalties for certain games, but I don’t know who would be ahead of me, to be honest. You’d have to ask the staff.”

Modest Mooy Celtic’s man to rely upon from the spot.

In classic Aaron Mooy modest fashion, the Socceroos international wasn’t demanding to be the man on penalty kicks. In fact, he didn’t even put his name forward for the role.

The coaching staff at Celtic appear to have been the ones to have insinuated the move, which led to the former English Premier League midfielder scoring two from the spot against Hibernian and Greenock Morton.

In open play, Mooy is a technically gifted and calm player on the ball. So, he certainly has the credentials and the nerve to be the Hoops penalty taker.

Josip Juranovic and Giorgos Giakoumakis were arguably regarded as number one/two on the list. But both their futures have been up in the air in recent times.

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So Mooy’s emergency as the club’s new penalty taker has come at an ideal time.

Here’s hoping he can continue to keep up his 100% record from 12 yards after confidently slotting home his first two penalty kicks!

In other news, Celtic set to return to familiar SPFL fixture slot this weekend at Tannadice.