“I think he fits into the Celtic jigsaw very, very well.” - Former SPFL boss delivers exciting Aaron Mooy Celtic verdict
Former St Mirren boss Danny Lennon has insisted that new Celtic signing Aaron Mooy has exactly what it takes to fit into Ange Postecoglou’s squad.
The 31-year-old midfielder became the latest arrival at Parkhead this summer, joining the club as a free agent on a two-year deal.
Mooy is very familiar was Postecogolou, having worked alongside the popular Celtic figure during Postecoglou’s spell as Socceroos boss.
Not only is the midfielder very familiar with the Celtic manager, but he has also had previous experiences with Scottish Football in the past too.
During the earlier stages of his playing career, Mooy spent two years in Scotland playing for St Mirren, who were managed by Danny Lennon at the time.
Speaking after his recent move to Celtic, although Lennon may not have seen the very best of Mooy in Paisley, the now Clyde boss was full of praise for the Aussie man and was insistent on the fact he would slot in perfectly to Ange Postecoglou’s squad.
He said [Glasgow Times]: “The key thing for me with Celtic is that yes, Ange wants midfielders in there that can get them started and maintain possession of the ball, but you don’t want one that will go in there and slow the game down and allow the opposition to get back behind the ball.
“Looking at Ange’s philosophy and the way his team plays, I think he’s looking to speed things up in that area a wee bit more.”
Lennon continued: “I think he will complement the midfielders who are already there. I still think with a player like Aaron Mooy, there’s always a goal in him; I don’t think he’ll ever lose that. But he’s matured immensely, and he makes more correct decisions than poor ones.
“That’s the difference between the top players and average players; they all make the same mistakes, but the top players make them less frequently.
“He’s also a fantastic athlete and has great core strength, and he will certainly give as good as he gets, if not more. I think that’s the thing about good ball players; they know when to mix it as well.
“I think he fits into the Celtic jigsaw very, very well.”
Mooy adds plenty of experience in the middle of the park for Celtic.
Whilst Aaron Mooy might be a familiar face to Ange Postecoglou, there is no doubting that isn’t the only reason he has been brought to Celtic.
The midfielder will bring plenty of experience to the midfield as we prepare for our first taste of Champions League group stage football since 2017.
After starting out in Scotland and back in his homeland in Australia, Mooy eventually made his way to the biggest stages of them all, performing for Huddersfield Town and Brighton in the English Premier League.
His previous managers have had nothing but good things to say about the Aussie internationalist, which should offer a good insight into the sort of character we are getting at Celtic.
The next few weeks will be crucial for Mooy ahead of the season to come, as he looks to get up to speed for the beginning of another hectic campaign for the Bhoys.