THE Aussie media are keeping Aaron Mooy’s performances at Celtic in sharp focus as the nation prepares for the World Cup Finals in Qatar next month and December.

They have noted the 32-year-old anchorman has been enjoying a run in the first team and started his third successive outing in the tricky fixture in West Lothian against Livingston yesterday.

Mooy played the entire 90 minutes in the 3-0 victory that restored the champions’ four-point advantage at the Premiership pinnacle.

OOPS…Aaron Mooy sends referee Willie Collum tumbling in a frantic moment in Celtic’s 3-0 win at Livingston. Image courtesy Sky Sports.

He put in another strong performance as the Hoops eased past a hurdle that provided a third league defeat last season when a strike from Andrew Shinnie added to the losses at Tynecastle and Ibrox as Ange Postecoglou endured a torrid baptism as Neil Lennon’s successor.

With Mooy in control alongside Matt O’Riley and Reo Hatate against Livi on this occasion, there was no chance of a slip and goals from Kyogo Furuhashi, Greg Taylor and Filipe Jota got the job done.

The visitors could even afford the luxury of a missed penalty-kick from Giorgos Giakoumakis as he struck the Hoops’ first award this season against the outside of the right-hand post.

All of this was noted by the press boys Down Under, but they particularly enjoyed one flashpoint moment in the match – when Mooy bowled over match official Willie Collum.

I SAW NOTHING…Aaron Mooy in training at Lennoxton.

Here is how Fox Sports reported the incident: “Aaron Mooy has been chiming in with plenty of assists – three in his last two league matches – but this time, his greatest highlight was a hilarious run-in with referee Willie Collum.

“Half an hour into the match Almondvale, Celtic tried to break from their own penalty area for a quick counter-attack. But as Mooy tried to get in on the action, his path was blocked by the whistle blower.

“The Australian – never afraid of a tough tackle – absolutely flattened the referee, sending him tumbling to the turf with proper hip-and-shoulder.
“Luckily, Collum quickly rebounded to his feet, and was able to laugh off the incident, sharing a lighthearted word with the midfielder as he ran back to position.”

As CQN said in the match report, we were just pleased the referee kept his cards in his pocket on this occasion.


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