Celtic coach Ange Postecoglou has praised ‘excellent’ Aaron Mooy after the Australian star’s double in his membership’s 5-0 Scottish Cup destruction of Morton.
The 32-year-old Socceroos star – who performed beneath Postecoglou for 5 years whereas the supercoach was on the helm of Australia – was named man of the match for his distinctive efficiency at Celtic Park on Saturday evening (AEST).
After a gradual begin to life at Parkhead, Mooy continued to enhance with each match and he saluted Postecoglou after his one-time worldwide cost scored twice to en route a 5–0 rout of the Scottish champions within the fifth spherical. Was left giving.
Aaron Mooy celebrates scoring the primary of his two targets for Celtic within the membership’s 5-0 Scottish Cup win over Morton
It capped off a superb week for the much-travelled Pure Moy, who celebrated reaching his maiden remaining with Celtic final weekend with one other wonderful efficiency within the League Cup semi-final win over Kilmarnock.
Postecoglou signed the skilled midfielder on a free switch, wanting like among the best items of his enterprise within the teaching caper – and he could not be extra happy with his fellow Australian.
‘Because the World Cup, Aaron has been excellent for us,’ he mentioned after Mooy’s double.
Celtic coach and former soccer mentor Ang Postecoglou has hailed Aaron Mooy as ‘excellent’ after a string of stellar performances in Scotland.
The often well mannered and soft-spoken midfielder shortly shrugged off the reward, desperate to concentrate on the staff fairly than himself.
‘It is concerning the staff, it isn’t about me. I’m a part of the staff and once I play I attempt to assist the staff.
‘It was an excellent efficiency by all and a good way to finish the week.
‘You possibly can all the time enhance and get higher and fitter. I really feel good and really feel I will help by working exhausting and getting higher,’ Moy mentioned.
Not usually the best goalscorer, Mooy additionally scored twice towards Hibernian simply after Christmas, and continued to supply a deadly run of kind after coming back from Australia’s World Cup marketing campaign.
Aaron Mooy, most just lately taking part in for Australia towards France within the World Cup, has been producing a deadly run of kind for Celtic since coming back from Qatar.
Aaron Mooy (centre left) celebrates along with his Celtic team-mates after scoring a penalty within the 18th minute
The sport was not with out controversy after the opener got here courtesy of an exceptionally harsh VAR resolution towards former Hoops defender Efe Ambrose.
A comfortable handball resolution towards former Celtic defender Efe Ambrose left Morton boss Dougie Imrie livid that VAR was killing the soccer – however Mooy ignored the uproar after sending the keeper the unsuitable technique to open the scoring. Spot kick awarded.
‘I waited a very long time to take the penalty – however the longer it went on, the extra probability I assumed it will be given,’ mentioned Moy, who calmly slotted house the spot kick.
Kyōgo Furuhashi additionally scored a double for Celtic, taking his tally to twenty for the season – the identical he had managed the whole earlier season.
Morton loved a number of good spells of strain earlier than Morton opened the scoring from the spot and had an opportunity to go over after Calum McGregor went simply vast from lengthy vary on the different finish.
Lewis Strap had the possibility to promote out 2,000 or extra away followers would dream of after taking part in a one-two with Robbie Crawford. However the left-back fired straight at Joe Hart from 10 yards.
The sport was performed for nearly two minutes after a shot by Lil Abada was blocked, however video assistant referee Craig Napier seen one thing that had apparently gone unnoticed contained in the stadium and ultimately knowledgeable referee Kevin Clancy.
Japanese ahead Kygo Furuhashi additionally scored a double for Celtic within the Scottish Cup
The footage confirmed that Abada’s shot hit Baird’s leg after which bounced away from the purpose and clipped Ambrose’s arm, which was barely out of his physique.
Napier determined it was a ‘clear and apparent’ error on the a part of Clancy, who pointed to the spot after finding out the incident on his monitor.
Celtic doubled their lead simply three minutes after Moye’s opener when Ambrose made a heavy contact on the sting of his field and Abada headed Furuhashi into the web.
Morton had his VAR checked for a attainable penalty when Alistair Johnson clipped the strap-down whereas capturing however there was no offence.
Abada and Daizen Maeda threatened earlier than Celtic took the lead within the forty second minute, when Furuhashi put the ball again for Turnbull with a first-time side-footed effort from 22 yards.
Aaron Mooy calmly nets Celtic’s opening purpose from the spot – 5-0 win over Morton
Ambrose survives one other VAR verify after a extra obvious handball. No penalty was awarded because the ball hit his again arm after coming off his personal foot.
Morton defended effectively and was on his technique to a shut-out within the second half after Abada hit the put up and Schweik saved from Turnbull and Johnson.
However Mooy added the fifth within the 84th minute when he completed from shut vary after substitute Saeed Haksabanovic dribbled his approach into the goalmouth.
And Moy wasn’t the one Socceroo to attain on Cup weekend as Aziz Behich proved to be one in all Dundee United’s get together poppers, scoring in a 3-0 defeat of the College of Stirling at Tannadice.
The scholars, supported by 1000 touring followers, continued the romp for 44 minutes earlier than full-back Behich broke the impasse.
Celtic v Morton match info
Celtic: Hart, Johnson, Starfelt (Laval 87), Kobayashi, Barnaby, Mooy, McGregor (Iwata 46), Turnbull (O’Reilly 77), Abada (Forrest 59), Furuhashi (Haxbanovic 46), Maeda
sub: Bain, Jota, Hattet, Welsh
Goal: Moy 18 (Penn), 84, Furuhashi 21, 45 Turnbull 42,
Morton: Schwake, Grimshaw, Baird, Ambrose, Strapp (O’Connor 46), Gillespie (King 46), Blues, Quitongo (McGrattan 59), Crawford, Miller (Garrity 81), Muirhead (Roy 73)
sub: Lithgow, Pignattiello, Inexperienced