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Celtic: Aaron Mooy and Moritz Jenz join Scottish Premiership champions

Aaron Mooy left Shanghai Port earlier this year and was a free agent, Moritz Jenz joins on loan from Lorient; Celtic have already signed five players in this transfer window; watch Celtic kick-off Scottish Premiership title defence against Aberdeen live on Sky Sports on July 31

Moritz Jenz and Aaron Mooy have signed for Scottish Premiership champions Celtic
Image: Moritz Jenz and Aaron Mooy have signed for Scottish Premiership champions Celtic

Celtic have completed the double signing of Australia international Aaron Mooy and Lorient defender Moritz Jenz.

Mooy, 31, was a free agent following his departure from Chinese Super League side Shanghai Port and had held talks with several other clubs before opting for a move to Parkhead.

The midfielder has signed a two-year deal to reunite with manager Ange Postecoglou, having worked with the 56-year-old during his spell with the Australian team.

Aaron Mooy
Image: Aaron Mooy played for several clubs including Brighton, Huddersfield Town, Manchester City and St Mirren

Jenz meanwhile joins on a season-long loan from France with an option to buy included in the deal for the Parkhead club.

The former Fulham youngster will provide competition for centre-back duo Cameron Carter-Vickers and Carl Starfelt.

 Moritz Jenz of FC Lorient gestures during the Ligue 1 Uber Eats match between RC Strasbourg and FC Lorient at Stade de la Meinau on October 31, 2021 in Strasbourg, France. (Photo by Marcio Machado/Eurasia Sport Images/Getty Images)
Image: Moritz Jenz made 18 appearances at Lorient last season

Speaking of the two latest signings, Postecoglou said: "I'm delighted that we've been able to bring in both Aaron and Moritz to the club, and I'm sure they'll be great additions to our squad.

"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.

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"Moritz is a player we've been aware for a while now, and I'm pleased that we've been able to sign him.

"They've already had the chance to meet the rest of the squad, and I'm sure they'll settle in very quickly into what is a very welcoming group of players, and I know that our supporters will be looking forward to seeing them both in a Celtic jersey."

Celtic have already signed Cameron Carter-Vickers, Jota, Alexandro Bernabei, Benjamin Siegrist and Daizen Maeda during this transfer window.

Mooy: I am here to win trophies

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Celtic midfielder Aaron Mooy has been reunited with manager Ange Postecoglou and says he still holds a fear factor that brings the best out of his players.

Aaron Mooy admits the key factor in his decision to sign for Celtic was the opportunity to belatedly furnish his career with some silverware.

"It's obviously a huge club with a massive history and when I found out I had the opportunity to come, it didn't take me long to say yes," he said. "I'm very happy to be here.

"I'm here to enjoy my football. Obviously Celtic challenges for trophies as well and I haven't won many in my career, so hopefully I can be part of a successful team.

"You can move to different countries and maybe play in strong teams, but when Celtic came up I couldn't turn it down. I'm looking forward to the challenges ahead.

"I know the manager from a few years with the national team," he said. "He likes to play good football, get the ball on the deck with quick triangle patterns and I enjoyed it a lot.

"It makes it a little bit easier for me to make the transition because I know what he likes. Hopefully, it all works out for everyone.

"He's still intimidating! He just has that aura about him. He keeps you on your toes and pushes you.

"He's done an amazing job at Celtic so far and I'm sure he will continue to do well."

'Good business so far from Celtic'

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Paul Lambert assesses Celtic's transfer window after his former club signed Aaron Mooy and Moritz Jenz.

Former Celtic midfielder Paul Lambert on Sky Sports News:

"Definitely good business so far. The squad needed to get stronger because of the Champions League.

"That is where they probably want to make their mark this year. The Champions League is huge for the club.

"Mooy was very good when he was at Huddersfield a few years ago so they have got a good one there if he can perform the way he did.

"Ange Postecoglou has done great with the Japanese players that have come in. He knew them like he knows Mooy and he certainly got a tune out of them.

"They have done great and I think Mooy will be exactly the same.

"One thing he'll have to get used to is Glasgow and what we call the goldfish bowl, but if he gets used to that and knuckles down with it, he'll be fine."

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Paul Lambert thinks former club Celtic will face a tough test in trying to retain the Scottish Premiership title.

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