ANGE POSTECOGLOU will turn new Bhoy Aaron Mooy into Australia’s World Cup Finals onfield leader.

That’s the firm view of the country’s current international gaffer Graham Arnold who is delighted the midfielder is joining up with the former Socceroos head coach at Celtic.

Mooy has not played competitive club football since leaving Chinese club Shanghai Port in January although he was one of his nation’s top men in the play-off wins against UAE and Peru to book their place in the soccer extravaganza in Qatar which is due to kick off on November 21 with the grand finale scheduled for December 18.

NEW BHOY MOOY…Australian midfielder Aaron Mooy is proud to be reuniting with Ange Postecoglou.

Arnold now believes the sky is the limit for the 31-year-old playmaker and said: “That’s what you get when you get a happy Aaron Mooy.

“A lot of the off-field stuff can affect the on-field performance.

“The fact that Aaron was happy off the field, he stayed with us, there was nothing, no stress in his mind about what was going to happen with his club Shanghai, he had just one focus and that was us.”

Arnold, speaking to The Western Australian, added: “With better fitness, more match rhythm and, under Ange, I expect when he walks into Qatar that he’ll be that leader that we need on the field.

“That silent leader that performs the way he did.”

LOOKING FORWARD…Aaron Mooy can’t wait to get his Hoops career kick-started. Images courtesy Celtic TV.

Mooy, who agreed a two-year deal at the champions during the week, missed out in the 2-2 draw with Legia Warsaw in the Artur Boruc Testimonial Match in Poland last night.

Japanese duo Reo Hatate and Daizen Maeda fired the Hoops to a two-goal advantage by the interval, but the home side came back to make it honours even with two efforts that eluded substitute keeper Scott Bain.

The former St Mirren, Huddersfield Town and Brighton star could make his debut on Saturday with the Hoops due to play Championship side Norwich City at Parkhead in their final warm-up before the Premiership kicks off with an encounter against Aberdeen on Flag Day in the east end of Glasgow a week on Sunday.


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Acclaimed author Alex Gordon wrote the biography of Scotland international legend Denis Law, entitled 'King and Country'. He is a former columnist with World Soccer magazine and Scottish correspondent of respected European journal L'Equipe.

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