Conversations with his Socceroos teammate and ex-Celtic star Tom Rogic helped convince Aaron Mooy to sign with the Hoops.
Having parted ways with Chinese club Shanghai Port, Mooy has put pen to paper on a two-year deal with the Scottish champions, where he will reunite with his former Socceroos coach Ange Postecoglou.
“Ange was my coach for about three years in the national team, so I know the standards he wants, and I’m looking forward to working with him again,” Mooy told Celtic TV before adding that Rogic had also been an influence in his decision to join the Glasgow giants
“I’ve known Tom a long time, and we’ve spoken lots of times about Celtic.
“I was always interested to know what it was like for him in Scotland, and he’s obviously had an amazing period here with lots of success, and I’m sure I’ll be in touch with him shortly.
“I’m just so happy to be here. It’s a massive club with a huge history, and I want to be part of it, so I’m looking forward to the challenges ahead.
“I’m going to do everything I can to do well and be successful and try to help in any way I can.”
Postecoglou said: “I obviously know Aaron from my time coaching the Australian national team, and he brings with him a wealth of experience at both club and international level.”
Socceroos coach Graham Arnold was delighted for Mooy and backed the 31-year-old former Melbourne City and Brighton playmaker to be a first-team regular at his new club.
“Ange wouldn’t be signing players if he didn’t believe they could compete at the highest level,” Arnold said.
“Aaron will be great for them, and it’ll be great for him.
“The fact that he’ll be able to get back to a normal life, be with his wife and children, as well as doing what he loves doing, playing club football, is perfect.
“He’ll also be able to play in the (UEFA) Champions League, which will be brilliant for him.”
While Mooy’s club future is settled ahead of this year’s World Cup, Rogic is yet to announce his next move after leaving Celtic at the end of last season.
Rogic, who has been spotted in Sydney, also withdrew from the Socceroos’ World Cup playoffs squad for “personal reasons”.
“He’s in good spirits and good health, so that’s the main thing,” Arnold said.