Ange's intriguing Celtic prediction is already showing signs of coming to fruition

By Lewis Laird

November 10, 2022

Ange Postecoglou’s prediction regarding Aaron Mooy’s impact heading into the second half of the season is already showing signs of coming to fruition.

The 32-year-old arrived at the club in the summer transfer window and was a surprise addition to the Hoops’ midfield options.

After a lengthy spell without regular first-team minutes, Mooy took some time to get up to speed, with his opening appearances coming off the bench.

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However, after building up his match sharpness and injury problems to several other Celtic midfielders, the Australian international has seen his game time from the start increase.

And Celtic supporters have begun to see the impact the former English Premier League man can have as part of the midfield three, playing major parts in recent victories, such as the dramatic 4-3 win over Hearts.

Despite his role in the squad growing into a more regular part, Ange Postecoglou has been quick to suggest that the best is still yet to come from Aaron Mooy in the second half of the season.

The Celtic boss is also hopeful that his recent selection for the Australia squad heading for the Qatar 2022 World Cup will help boost Mooy’s performances upon his return to club action.

Before the midfielder heads off and Celtic go into the break, though, the Bhoys still have Scottish Premiership action to contend with, and Mooy took his place in the starting 11 against Motherwell on Wednesday.

And his performance at Fir Park might have been the first indication of Ange Postecoglou’s predictions coming to fruition after another solid performance.

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Signs of Mooy’s improvement for the second half of the season already beginning to show vs Motherwell.

Alongside the younger duo of Matt O’Riley and Reo Hatate, Aaron Mooy brings a wealth of crucial experience to the Celtic midfield.

And it is clear to see in his performances that he knows exactly how to use that experience, from playing at the top level in the English Premier League and on the international stage.

The ex-Huddersfield Town man is an intelligent footballer, and although he might not have the pace he used too, he is arguably up there with one of the better footballing minds in the squad.

Against Motherwell, the midfielder was tidy in possession, picked up some important loose passes and won free-kicks in important areas under pressure.

In my opinion, last night’s performance was an indicator of the exact point Ange Postecoglou has been making. It might have taken some time to get up to speed, but we should see the best of him in the second half of the campaign.

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There won’t be many managers that know Mooy better than Postecoglou, given the time that both men worked together with the Australian national team.

As the Celtic managers mentioned, the World Cup offers Mooy the opportunity to continue to keep his match sharpness high whilst playing against some top midfield opposition.

It should provide him with an extra confidence booster and motivation, knowing he is good enough to still be competing at that level.

Of course, with several quality midfield options at his disposal, the former Socceroos boss will have some decisions to make surrounding his trio in the middle of the park upon the Hoops return in December.

That decision could be made even harder if Postecoglou’s predictions come true and we continue to see improved performances from Mooy, like last night in North Lanarkshire.

In other news, Referee set for rare Celtic duty as SFA confirm pre-World Cup assignments.