Celtic trio named as part of Australian squad of the century

By Lewis Laird

September 22, 2022

Current Celtic trio Ange Postecoglou, Harry Kewell and Aaron Mooy have been named as part of the Australian squad of the century.

Over the years at Celtic Park, there has been a strong contingency of Australian players, with the likes of Scott McDonald and Tom Rogic being popular figures in Glasgow.

Arguably the strongest links to the Socceroos have fallen into place over the last 12 months, with former national team boss Ange Postecoglou taking charge at Parkhead.

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During the 2021/22 campaign, Postecoglou worked closely with one of his former national team stars as Rogic played a key part in the Hoops league and cup double success.

Going into the 57-year-old’s second season in charge, the attacking midfielder took the decision to depart the club. However, the Aussie links continued to grow strong as Ange introduced two fellow countrymen to his squad.

Former English Premier League midfielder Aaron Mooy joined the Hoops playing side, and ex-Champions League winner Harry Kewell was added to the Celtic backroom staff.

Mooy is currently still involved in the Australian National team set-up and is currently on international duty with the Socceroos.

Kewell is also very well regarded amongst the supporters down under and can be widely considered as one of the best players to come from Australia after his success with Leeds United and Liverpool.

In 2022, the country will celebrate 100 years since the Australian men’s first team took part in an international match-up.

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To celebrate that anniversary, the Socceroos decided to take part in two friendly fixtures against New Zealand and also allowed fans to vote for their favourite players and managers from over the years.

A list of over 110,000 individual players and coaches was narrowed down to just 27 men, which in the end included three current Celts.

From a player side of things, both Aaron Mooy and Harry Kewell were voted as two of the country’s best midfielders after their contributions.

Whilst Ange Postecoglou was part of a four-man ‘coaching staff’ led by legendary boss Guus Hiddink, who has previously had his small links to Celtic in the early 2000s.

Another familiar name to the Celtic support in the forward area would be Mark Viduka, who played for the club in the late 90s, between 1998-2000.

However, there was no place for Hoops hero Tom Rogic, who has picked up 50 caps for his nation and made big contributions in recent years.

It has been great to see the links grow between Celtic and Australia in recent times, and that will continue later this year as the Bhoys get set to travel to Sydney in November.

Their involvement in the Sydney Super Cup is expected to attract plenty of Celtic and Socceroos fans from down under, who will be looking to catch a glimpse of Ange Postecoglou and Harry Kewell.

All three men deserve their place within the Australian team of the century for their contributions to their nations, and hopefully, we can continue to feel the benefits of that from a club side of things at Celtic.

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