Celtic’s Socceroos star Aaron Mooy retires from football

Celtic this morning announced that the Treble winning, hugely popular Australian midfielder Aaron Mooy has retired from football with immediate effect. The club tweeted the news around 7am this morning saying:

Heart Of Midlothian v Celtic – Scottish Cup Quarter Final Tynecastle Park Celtics Aaron Mooy celebrates his goal at Tynecastle on Saturday March 11, 2023. Photo Steve Welsh

“Celtic midfielder and Australian internationalist Aaron Mooy today announced his intention to retire from football with immediate effect.

Aaron played a crucial role in our recent record-breaking Treble and we wish him the best for the future. Thank you, Aaron,” Celtic FC

Heart Of Midlothian v Celtic – Aaron Mooy celebrates Celtic’s 1st goal during the Scottish Cup match at Tynecastle Park, Edinburgh. Picture date: Saturday March 11, 2023. Photo Steve Welsh

Speaking to the official Celtic FC website Aaron Mooy explained his decision to call time on his playing career after 15 years as a professional footballer. “While it feels really sad to be leaving the game, I just feel the time is right for me. I have been so fortunate to enjoy such a great career across the last 15 years, creating some fantastic memories,” Mooy said.

“I am delighted to finish my career on such a high with Celtic and I would like to thank all the fans for the great support they gave me during the past year – I was delighted to be part of such a memorable season.

“I hope Celtic continue to dominate the game and I wish Brendan, the new manager great success with the great group of lads at the club.”

Aaron Mooy added: “Playing for my country is something I have loved too and of course I will miss the international set up and so many great people who are involved there.

“I have been fortunate to win a number of caps for my country and this has been really important to me – of course I wish Australia nothing but success for the future and I am sure they can get better and better.

“There are too many people to thank who have played such an important role in my career, so many managers, coaches, staff and fellow players. I have been very privileged to be part of some fantastic football environments, all created by really good people.

St Johnstone v Celtic – s Aaron Mooy celebrates scoring the third Celtic goal of the game during the cinch Premiership match at McDiarmid Park, Perth. Sunday February 5, 2023. Photo Andrew Milligan

“My family is everything to me and I would like to take this opportunity to thank them all for the absolute support I have received from them during my career. I just want to thank them for being there for me in so many ways.

“Thank you once again to everyone who has supported me right across my career in this great game.”

Last season Aaron Mooy played a crucial role in Celtic’s recent record breaking Treble victory and became a hugely popular player with the Celtic supporters and indeed with his own teammates. Prior to joining Celtic, Aaron played for a host of clubs including Brighton, Melbourne City, Huddersfield Town and St Mirren. Aaron also spent some time in China where he was on the most financially lucrative contract in his career.

Aaron Mooy of Celtic celebrates with teammates after scoring the team’s fifth goal during the Scottish Cup Fourth Round match between Celtic and Greenock Morton at Celtic Park Stadium on January 21, 2023 (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Mooy also made an outstanding contribution to international football, winning 57 caps for Australia, culminating in his appearance at last year’s FIFA World Cup in Qatar where he was the outstanding player in the Socceroos side.

Rumours of this news started to surface shortly after Celtic’s Scottish Cup Final win over Inverness Caley Thistle in 3rd June after Mooy had missed the closing stages of the campaign with a back complaint.

One season in the Hoops was hardly enough but it was certainly short, sweet and hugely successful and “Aaron, Aaron Mooy” will always be fondly remembered for his contribution to Celtic’s eighth treble winning season.

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1 Comment

  1. David Potter on

    If you look at the pictures of the Hampden celebrations, Aaron in civvies has a distinctly forced smile, and I suspected he was unhappy about something. But a good player! He took a few games to “grow” on me, but he came really good. Sorry to see him go, but we wish him all the best.