Report: Celtic manager keen to bring in Aaron Mooy

By Euan Davidson

June 29, 2021

According to Eurosport, Celtic are keen on bringing in former Huddersfield man Aaron Mooy.

Mooy, who played for Australia under the new Bhoys manager, is currently plying his trade in China. The former Melbourne City and Brighton midfielder signed for Shanghai SIPG, who have since undergone a financial collapse. They now go by Shanghai Port [Guardian].

Eurosport say that an approach for Mooy will halt any designs Celtic had on Everton man James McCarthy. The Irishman is continually linked to a move north of the border. However it’s clear that Postecoglou doesn’t necessarily fancy the defensive midfielder, formerly of Hamilton Accies.

Since 2018, the Chinese football boom has been incrementally collapsing. New tax rules [FT] have curbed spending, and so, despite signing for Shanghai SIPG in 2020, Mooy may already be looking for the exit door. According to ABC, Mooy was making an eye-watering £98,000 per week. Meanwhile, a report from the Athletic puts his wages at £60,000.

However, Postecoglou is keen to bring the deep-lying playmaker to Glasgow. And the feeling is mutual, if previous quotes are to go by. The former Socceroos boss was described as “intimidating” in an interview [FotMob]:

“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.”

If Celtic can get Aaron Mooy, they should get Aaron Mooy

Try to imagine a midfield with Aaron Mooy, Callum McGregor and David Turnbull in it. Or Tom Rogic, or Ismaila Soro. You’ve got some serious running, creativity and tackling in there.

Tom Rogic and Aaron Mooy have teamed up for Australia / (Photo by Brett Hemmings/Getty Images)

An established Premier League player with nearly 100 appearances, 42 Australia caps and experience across different leagues, Mooy is a special kind of player. Formerly more of a number 10, Mooy has adapted his game to play further back, absorbing pressure and recycling the ball efficiently. He’s also capable of popping up with goals, with his most prolific season coming in the A-League, back in 15-16 [Transfermarkt].

A solid tackler, adept at set-pieces and more than capable of hitting 90% pass accuracy in a game, Mooy is a Swiss Army Knife of a midfielder. And while yes, he’s 30, and he’d be on the expensive side wage-wise, the chance to prosper under a managerial favourite could surely tempt him.

If Postecoglou is keen, and the board want to get on the right side of him from the off, they’ll surely be making enquiries. Shanghai Port need to sell, and it’s not as if Celtic couldn’t use a high-quality midfielder with vast experience.

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