After signing for the Premiership giants in a free transfer, Australia manager Graham Arnold believes Aaron Mooy will have his work cut out to get started in the Celtic starting line-up.
Mooy has been brought by Ange Postecoglou to Glasgow to assist in the expansion of his winning engine room at Parkhead. The 31-year-old left Shanghai Port after sealing his release from China Super League club Brighton for 7.5 million in 2020.
Before accepting Postecoglous' offer to join Celtic on a two-year contract, Mooy met with several potential suitors. The 53-cap midfielder and the head coach have previously worked together in the Socceroos' setup from 2014 to 2017.
Mooy will need to improve his match fitness before being able to substitute for what Tom Rogic offered Celtic prior to his compatriots' release in June.
According to Australia manager Arnold, Mooy has his work cut out after signing for Celtic.
Arnold is confident that Postecoglou will get the most out of Mooy after signing for Celtic this summer. The Socceroos boos is equally happy his star midfielder has found a new club after leaving Shanghai Port to begin his preparations for the World Cup in Qatar last year.
Ange will get the best out of Aaron and get him fit and ready, according to the Glasgow Times. It's just fantastic that he's going to get plenty of match minutes up there.
Obviously, Celtic are a solid team, and hell is out there to get him in the starting eleven.
I understand that Aarons will be doing a lot of football before the World Cup, and it is for all of the Socceroo supporters back in Australia to know that his club destiny has been resolved.
Despite Mooys' lack of domestic minutes so far this year, the Celtics' new signing was still able to lead Australia into the World Cup with an important role in their play-off victories over the UAE and Peru. The final match against Peru also went through 120 minutes, before penalties.
Postecoglou will hope that Mooy will be able to get into shape for the fast-moving nature of the Scottish footballing calendar, as well as Champions League group stage matches.