Celtic: Aaron Mooy ‘should be right’ to play vs Rangers
Celtic midfielder Aaron Mooy ‘should be right’ for the Viaplay Cup final vs Glasgow Rangers on Sunday, according to manager Ange Postecoglou.
The Lowdown: Unknown absence
The Hoops take on their Scottish Premiership rivals in the ultimate encounter this weekend and will be hoping to have a fully fit squad available to field their strongest possible team.
The Australian international was missing from the match-day squad for the recent 4-0 victory over Aberdeen which created a cause for concern among supporters.
Prior to the game, the boss hadn’t stated that the 32-year-old had sustained any kind of injury, though a positive update on his absence has now emerged.
The Latest: Postecoglou’s comments
Speaking after Saturday’s win, Postecoglou confirmed that Mooy and David Turnbull had been slightly struggling at Parkhead so wanted to rest the duo ahead of the upcoming meeting.
Quoted by The Irish News, he said:
“Az just pulled up a bit sore in training (on Friday). I thought, he has played a lot for us recently, and I was pretty keen to give (Tomoki) Iwata some game time as well.
“I just thought it was a good one for Az to sit out and, talking to the medical team, both him and Turnbull should be training Tuesday and Wednesday when we are in and should be right for the final.”
The Verdict: Massive boost
Celtic only signed Mooy last summer but he’s had an excellent debut season and it’ll be a huge boost for the manager to have him available for selection on Sunday.
The Sydney native has posted 13 goal contributions in 33 appearances, with 47 crosses having been put into the box, highlighting his threat in the final third.
The Bhoys star also offers versatility with his ability to operate in both central and defensive midfield, making him a useful option to have in the squad even if he can’t start.
Mooy has been described as on a ‘different planet’ this season by journalist Josh Bunting, and he’ll surely have a significant impact on the outcome of this weekend’s silverware showdown.