Socceroos midfielder Aaron Mooy will reunite with former national team coach Ange Postecoglou at Celtic after the Scottish champions signed the 31-year-old on a free transfer.
Former Brighton midfielder Mooy has agreed a one-year contract with the Hoops after leaving Chinese side Shanghai Port earlier this year.
The 31-year-old, who had a successful spell with St Mirren in the Scottish top flight a decade ago, has joined Celtic in the hope of securing a place in the Socceroos’ squad for the World Cup in Qatar later this year.
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Minutes after announcing Mooy’s signing, Celtic have announced the signing of German defender Moritz Jenz on loan from Lorient.
“I’m delighted we’ve been able to bring both Aaron and Moritz to the club and I’m sure they’ll be great additions to our team,” Postecoglou told Celtic’s website.
“I know Aaron from my time coaching the Australian national team and he has a lot of experience at club and international level.
“Moritz is a player we’ve known for a while and I’m glad we were able to sign him.”
Mooy will link up with Harry Kewell, who recently joined Postcoglow’s coaching staff, and says he relishes the challenge of defending the title Celtic won last year.
“I want to be a part of it, so I’m looking forward to the challenges ahead,” he said.
“It’s always a bit stressful when you’re talking to a club, especially a club like Celtic because they’re a big club, so I’m happy it’s all over and I can get to work and get to the training ground.
“Anje has been my coach for three years in the national team, so I know the standard he wants and I’m looking forward to working with him again.”
According to Sky SportsMooy rejected a host of offers from English Championship clubs including Norwich, Middlesbrough and Swansea.
Mooy’s short-term contract with Celtic is said to include an extension option.
Mooy joined the club after the departure of Tom Rogic and revealed that his Australian team-mate helped him make the move.
“I’ve known Tom for a long time,” he said. “We’ve talked about Celtic a lot,” Mooy said. I’m always interested in what it’s like in Scotland. He obviously had a wonderful time here with a lot of success. I’m sure I’ll contact him soon, the news is out.”