Mooy Masterclass at World Cup vindicates Ange’s signing decision

Aaron Mooy’s display at the World Cup in Qatar has been great to watch as a Celtic supporter. The midfield anchor man has been outstanding for his country; firstly in the defeat against reigning World Champions France, then in the win against Tunisia where he was absolutely peerless in the centre of the park.

His ability on the ball and in-game intelligence really was a sight to behold, especially against the African nation. He held the ball so well in that somewhat frantic match at times. His knowledge and football brain was there for all to see as he reminded everyone why he’s still at a top European outfit.

Moreover, it showed why Ange Postecoglou was right in bringing the forgotten man back into the fold at a big club. Some have been reticent to say Mooy has been good in a Celtic shirt which I think is just plain churlish. The Aussie may not have the legs anymore to give us that 90 minute engine, but he most certainly has the ability to dictate the pace of games in the Scottish Premiership, that’s for sure.

The former Brighton and Huddersfield Town player showed in both Australia’s group stage games that despite getting on he has the ability in abundance. He had the BBC’s Co-commentator, Danny Murphy waxing lyrical about his performance versus Tunisia. He seemed to be everywhere and do the right thing at the right time for the entirety of that match. Truth be told, Mooy was the main reason that Graham Arnold’s team won in my opinion.

France’s forward #09 Olivier Giroud (L) fights for the ball with Australia’s midfielder #13 Aaron Mooy during the Qatar 2022 World Cup Group D football match between France and Australia at the Al-Janoub Stadium in Al-Wakrah, south of Doha on November 22, 2022. (Photo by JEWEL SAMAD/AFP via Getty Images)

With plenty of football to come in this years domestic scene, Ange’s decision to bring Aaron to Glasgow could prove to be another masterstroke after Mooy’s Masterclass in Qatar.

Paul Gillespie

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I'm a Garngad Bhoy through and through. My first ever Celtic game was a friendly against Italian side Parma at Celtic Park, in 2002. Currently a student of English Literature and Education at the University of Strathclyde for my sins. Favourite game would be a toss up between beating Manchester United with that Naka freekick, or the game against the Oldco when Hesselink scored in the dying seconds. I'm still convinced Cal Mac is wasted playing that far back.

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