Video: SPFL dig up class Aaron Mooy goal vs rivals after Celtic signing

By John McGinley

July 20, 2022

Aaron Mooy has joined Celtic on a two-year deal, and what some people may not realise he’s actually making a return to Scottish football.

Mooy, before his rise through the A-League, English Championship and Premier League, was once on the books at St Mirren, spending two years in his early 20s at the club.

His only league goal came on Christmas Eve in 2011 and, yes, it was against Rangers. The SPFL unearthed the clip yesterday after his signing announcement, showing the belting strike that went in off the post.

St Mirren went on to win that match 2-1, part of a run of results that allowed Celtic to cut a massive 12-point lead and overtake Rangers on the way to a league title.

Mooy isn’t known as a prolific goalscorer but he can certainly contribute when given the opportunity. His most productive campaign on the goal front came during the 2015/16 season when he netted 11 in the A-League for Melbourne City.

That was the season Ange Postecoglou declared him as the most exciting and best player in Australia, shortly before the player earned a big move to England.

If the Bhoys boss can bring back the best of Mooy then there’ll be plenty to cheer about over the coming 12 months on his return to the Scottish top-flight.

More realistically, he will be part of Celtic’s creative play, rather than finishing off chances. The Australian has vision, passing range and can read the game in front of him very well.

Rather than banging goals in off the post against Rangers, I’ll settle for him helping bring out the best of players such as Kyogo, Liel Abada and Jota in the final third.

Nonetheless, it is nice to revisit an old memory at the expense of our rivals.

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