AARON MOOY reckons Ange Postecoglou is on a winner as he prepares to raid the Korean top flight for striker Oh Hyoen-gyu.
The 21-year-old international hitman is on his way to the champions after his side Suwon Bluewings agreed a £2.5million bid for the player who claimed 14 goals in the K-League last season.
Australia World Cup midfielder Mooy, who is in rich form after returning from Qatar last month, faced Korean teams during his two years with Melbourne City.
TARGETMAN…Oh Hyeon-gyu in the thick of the action in a K-League confrontation.
The 32-year-old, who netted a double in the Hoops’ 5-0 Scottish Cup win over Morton to set up a fifth round tie with former club St Mirren next month, is a fan of players from that part of the world and is convinced recruits would thrive in Scotland.
Mooy said: “I’ve played against Korean teams in the Asian Champions League, so I know how good they are.
“It’s a really professional league, the players are all very fit and strong, as Korean players tend to be. The manager obviously has a good eye for a player.
“Well, he brought me here!”
THAT’S MY BHOY…Ange Postecoglou and Aaron Mooy during their Australian international days.
Mooy paid a massive compliment to Postecoglou, his former Aussie international and current team boss, when he said: “He’s been very important in my career.
“I’ve enjoyed working with him before, I enjoy working with him now, but I’m just one of the lads, just trying to be part of the team having a good season.
“How does he keep everyone motivated?
“That’s the result of his motivational speeches. He’s always on us. And it’s not just him, it’s all the other staff, as well. They’re on to us every day.”
Mooy, speaking to the Daily Record, added: “We all buy into it and training is always high level, high intensity, high work-rate – forget the past and look to the next challenge.
NICK OF TIME…Aaron Mooy doesn’t hold back as he tussles for possession in the 2-1 win over Motherwell at Fir Park in November.
“That’s the same whether we’re playing in the Champions League or at home to Morton in the Cup. The standards are high and you don’t get away with taking it easy in training.
“We don’t look too far forward, just the next game.”
Next up for the champions is a Sunday trip to Tannadice – the same venue where they ran amok in August on an afternoon when it rained goals.
Kyogo Furuhashi netted a first-half hat-trick, a feat emulated by Liel Abada in the second period. Filipe Jota, Carl Starfelt and Josip Juranovic, who joined Union Berlin at the weekend, were the other marksmen.