Aaron Mooy's past comments on Postecoglou indicate he'd relish Celtic move

By Euan Davidson

June 15, 2021

Ange Postecoglou and Aaron Mooy may rekindle their working relationship at Celtic.

Early today, we shared that the current Shanghai Port man is being tipped for a move to Paradise. However, his substantial wages in China could prove a stumbling block. Formerly of Manchester City and Brighton, Mooy is a well-renowned creative talent.

He’s also a fan of Ange Postecoglou. The new Celtic boss was Mooy’s manager with the Socceroos, and the midfielder’s comments on his former gaffer make for interesting reading.

Mooy said in 2016 [The World Game]:

“He’s a very good coach.

“The style that he wants to play is the way I like playing as well. I’m happy to be playing under him. He’s intimidating.

“But the way he wants to play football, I want to play like that as well. I’m enjoying it.”

Could “intimidating” Ange Postecoglou and Aaron Mooy reunite?

You might remember Aaron Mooy from a 2010 spell at St Mirren. Or, more realistically, from his 42 Australia caps and starring for Huddersfield Town and Brighton and Hove Albion.

Signed by Manchester City shortly after Melbourne City joined the City Football Group [Sky Sports], Mooy was unlucky not to make the grade with the Citizens. A mobile, box-to-box man or deep-lying playmaker, the Australian scored 9 Premier League goals and set up 6 more during his time in the English top-flight [Transfermarkt]. He’s also been a bona fide star in the A-League, while already impressing in China, with a goal and an assist in 5 games.

Aaron Mooy playing for Shanghai SIPG, who have since changed name and ownership / (Photo by Mohamed Farag/Getty Images)

Whether Mooy would want to turn down the riches of China is the big question, here. However, the Chinese Super League is struggling. Last year’s champions have folded [ESPN], and it’s politics causing upheaval in the formerly monied Chinese top-flight.

A change to tax rules has impacted the operations of Chinese clubs, and has seen an exodus of top players. A 100% tax rate on transfer fees for foreign players, as well as a salary cap, have led to significant bills for Chinese clubs. As ESPN’s Joey Lynch put it, back in March [ESPN]:

“The moves by the [Chinese Football Association] to curb corporate influence and rampant spending seem to indicate the golden era of cash that marked the peak of the Chinese Super League has come to an end – a decade of excess petering out in the face of existential questions and forks in the road.”

The combined downfall of the CSL and Mooy’s approval of Postecoglou have turned what would’ve been an unlikely signing into a distinct possibility.

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