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ANGE KEEPS DOUBLE PROMISE

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ANGE POSTECOGLOU promised Celtic fans two new signings “in the next week”, as Scotzine reported at the weekend.

The Hoops boss was as good as his word when free agent Aaron Mooy arrived on a two-year deal while German central defender Moritz Jenz agreed a season-long loan from French outfit Lorient.

Postecoglou has now signed seven players for the new campaign with last season’s loanees Cameron Carter-Vickers, Filipe Jota and Daizen Maeda signing permanent contracts while Argentinian left-back Alexandro Bernabei signed in a £3.75million switch from top-flight Lanus and Swiss keeper Benji Siegrist completed a four-year deal after leaving Dundee United.

Mooy attracted the attention of at least five English Championship sides, with former club Huddersfield Town among them, was up for grabs since leaving Chinese side Shanghai Port at the turn of the year.

RARIN’ TO GO…Aaron Mooy is ready to make up for lost time.

He told Celtic TV: “I’m so happy to be here. It’s a massive club with a huge history.

“It’s always a bit stressful when you are talking to a club – especially a club like Celtic – so I’m delighted to get it done and I can get to work. It’s an amazing opportunity and one I couldn’t turn down.

“Ange was my coach for three years in the national team so I know the standards he wants and I’m looking forward to working with him again. I’m going to do everything I can to be successful.”

The second new bhoy, 23-year-old centre-back Jenz, was on Postecoglou’s radar a year ago, but left Swiss outfit Lausanne-Sport for Ligue 1 club Lorient.

The 6ft-plus stopper admitted chats with his ex-Fulham pal Matt O’Riley also helped persuade him to sign up at Parkhead.

MAN ON A MISSION…Moritz Jenz hopes to shine at the champions.

Jenz said: “It’s an amazing feeling to be here. It’s been a dream for me since last year because I really wanted to come here and finally the dream has come true to play for a massive club.

“Since last year, I’ve been in touch with Matt O’Riley who’s been my best mate since we were younger and played together at Fulham and he told me a lot of great things.

“He texted me immediately after he signed in January, telling me it would be nice to have me here.

“I’ve followed the season and how it went and obviously it went really well for Celtic because they won the league.”

He added: “I’m a hard-working player, someone who is physical and aggressive and who likes to play. Fans can expect me to give everything to the club to achieve the highest targets. That’s what I’m here to do.

“It’s very exciting. Obviously, every player’s dream is to play for a big team and to compete for the biggest trophies and competitions, so I’m looking forward to it. I want to finish as high as possible in every competition.

“I will train this week and then join with the team on Friday and be ready for the match at the weekend.”

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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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