Aaron Mooy shares Celtic dressing room reaction to Warsaw events; what Ange said

By John McGinley

September 16, 2022

Celtic midfielder Aaron Mooy has admitted there was frustration in the dressing room following Wednesday night’s draw away to Shakhtar Donetsk, even if Ange Postecoglou was pretty happy with what he witnessed.

The Bhoys missed a number of golden chances in each half during the 1-1 result. The second half, in particular, was all Celtic and Shakhtar were ultimately fortunate to come out of the fixture with a point.

How did the players and staff feel? Well, it sounds pretty close to the reaction of supporters I’ve seen and heard since the full-time whistle.

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Speaking to The Scottish Daily Mail [16/09 print edition, page 88], Mooy said: “We created lots, and enough chances to win the game, we just lacked a little bit of composure and concentration when we had the chances. That’s all it was. Yes, there was a bit (of frustration). It was a bit similar to Real Madrid in that we had good chances and we didn’t put them away and it was a bit disappointing that we didn’t get a win.

“The manager was quite happy. He said the second half was good and that he was proud of us all for giving everything we had. We were just lacking that little bit of the finishing touch.

“We are playing against the best teams in Europe, so every point is well earned, and I think we maybe could have earned a little bit more. But you take a point and move forward.”

Aaron Mooy looks ready to take next steps at Celtic

Mooy is already looking at home in the Celtic midfield but he’s still only made one start for the club, with the rest of his appearances coming from the bench.

Increasingly, he’s looking like a viable member of Postecoglou’s starting eleven. Perhaps not in the majority of our domestic matches where quick movement and passing is key, but certainly in Europe.

I’d go so far as to say that seeing him in the starting line-up for the trip to Leipzig would be no great shock. He has the match awareness, confidence and composure to play a competent sitting role in midfield, perhaps allowing Callum McGregor to move into the ‘number 8’ position.

Regardless, he’s proving to be an astute bargain signing and hopefully we’re just scratching the surface of what he can offer this term.

In other news, “Would love to play for”; Aiden McGeady’s glowing praise for Postecoglou’s Celtic media work.