The 31-year-old midfielder Aaron Mooy has given his first interview as a Celtic player after he joined the Hoops in a deal that saw him swap Shanghai for Glasgow. In an interview, he shared his early experiences of Scottish Football during his time at St Mirren.
Aaron Frank Mooy was born in Sydney and played youth football for the New South Wales Institute of Sport and Bolton Wanderers before appearing in a professional debut with St Mirren. Now, he is well known as a professional soccer player in Australia. He plays midfielder for the Australia national team and Scottish Premiership club Celtic.
Mooy’s first club was in Scotland, where he spent two years at St Mirren before spells in the English Premier League with the likes of Huddersfield and Brighton.
While speaking in a recent interview, the midfielder talked about his prior experience in Scottish Football. He stated that his experience with the Paisley side was a ‘learning experience’ for him at that career stage.
The player also discussed his great moments, the goal against the Hoops Glasgow rivals Rangers in a 2-1 win over the Ibrox side back in 2011. The goal was one that was celebrated by many using Mybet – a pioneering platform in online sports betting in Germany – as it provided them with even more jubilation than a goal would normally provide fans!
“My brother and best mate were in the stand. If you see the celebration, I’m pointing at them. They’d come over, especially for that game and to see me, so it was a special moment. It was a good experience at St Mirren. It exposed me to what it is like in professional football,”
He added, “When you play reserve football, it’s not like you can go down or be relegated. That exposed me to that. It was a big eye-opener. I wasn’t that successful there, but I think I’ve improved my mental side of the game, which is very important,”
He said, “Maybe I was weak mentally and not resilient enough. Impatient, I’d probably say. These things you learn as you grow as a person and a footballer.” His experience in the Scottish Premier League should help Postecoglou’s squad this season on and off the field.
Fortunately, Mooy went on to further develop his skills at St Mirren, taking the opportunity to learn from this early experience of Scottish football. However, it was clear that the level of football was not as high there as what he was used to in Australia.