Scott McDonald details Harry Kewell traits that will help Celtic; talks up "steal" transfer

By Dave Flanigan

July 24, 2022

Former Celtic star Scott McDonald this week told 67 Hail Hail of his joy at two new Australians joining their fellow countryman Ange Postecoglou at the club this close season.

The club recruited Socceroos legend Harry Kewell as a first-team coach and signed current international midfielder Aaron Mooy on a two-year deal after his release from Shanghai Port.

Asked first about Harry Kewell, McDonald said: “Harry was very strong-minded and opinionated but you have to be to get to the levels of where he is, and he certainly believes in himself just as much as a coach as he did as a player.

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“There’s no question for me that Harry now is a far more equipped coach and man manager to help Ange than what he would have been before Notts County, Oldham, Barnet and even the situations he was going through at Crawley.

“He’ll push, he’ll poke, he’ll prod, that’s just the way of the man, he’s not going to not be himself, and that’s what I like about Harry.

“If you look at that backroom staff, all the way through to my two mates in the B-team, they’re all ex-defensive players, there’s no attacking coaches within the setup, so I think Ange looked at that and went ‘we need a more attack-minded coach who can individually coach our attackers.”

McDonald was also very complimentary of Aaron Mooy, who signed a two-year deal at the club this week.

He said: “He’s a very humble, shy type of character, but he doesn’t play that way.

“What he does do really well is sit in front of that back four and control the game, he’ll take the ball, he’ll restart things, and I imagine that when he plays, Callum will end up playing a little bit further ahead in certain games.

“He’ll give you more control in games. He’s a fantastic technical footballer, and he’s still got plenty to give, he’s only just 31, it’s not like he’s over the hill, so I think it’s a steal in a sense.

“I think it’s a really astute signing from Ange, will he start every game? I don’t think so, he’s got a lot to remove in O’Riley, Callum and Hatate, for me that’s going to be your three, but Mooy is going to be the one that comes in and out of that.”

Aaron Mooy at Celtic Park

The 31-year-old adds depth to multiple positions in midfield where the club lost two long-serving stalwarts this summer in another Australian Tom Rogic, and also Nir Bitton, with the out-of-favour Ismaila Soro leaving on loan.

Mooy made his debut in the 2-0 win over Norwich yesterday as Celtic rounded off their pre-season, despite playing very little club football this calendar year.

Here’s hoping the two new Aussies can maintain the levels of success brought by the manager, and of course by the departing Rogic.

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