You’ll have heard by now that Aaron Mooy is on the brink of joining Celtic and reuniting with his former national team boss Ange Postecoglou.

As reported by multiple outlets, Mooy will become the Bhoys’ latest summer signing as early as today after talks progressed between the two parties over the weekend.

A further update also emerged after the initial news broke last night, with Fabrizio Romano reporting that the midfielder is set to sign a short-term one-year contract at the club, with the option of a second.

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On a free transfer, with no long-term commitment, Mooy becomes a pretty risk-free move for Celtic – especially when Postecoglou is well aware of all his qualities and precisely what he will offer.

In fact, for me, it shows Celtic are learning lessons from the decision to hand out a four-year deal to James McCarthy just last year.

The former Crystal Palace star has gone on to make just six starts for the club, with plenty wondering if we are locked in on a player who may not contribute greatly over the coming seasons.

Getting Mooy in on a short-term basis allows the manager and the club to see what they’re getting on the pitch after a spell in China that ended up becoming a frustrating time for the Australian due to Covid-19 restrictions.

It’s understandable why we wouldn’t want to weigh in on a lengthy contract and ultimately sounds like a bit of smart business.

Not every signing Celtic make will be a blockbuster obvious improvement on our strongest starting eleven. If he stays injury-free, Mooy is almost guaranteed to play over 30 games this season even as a rotation option – we need quality for this role and the 31-year-old has shown across a successful career he has that.

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If it doesn’t work out, the relationship will be brief, leaving the Bhoys to move on to another option next summer.

Mooy’s addition looks to be a very functional one. Postecoglou wants another option he trusts in the middle of the park, and the incoming signing can play multiple roles.

There’s very little to lose here and a lot of upsides if the midfielder comes in and finds his best form.

In other news, Celtic hero Chris Sutton relishing “frightening prospect” in store for Scottish football.

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