CELTIC midfielder Aaron Mooy has refused to confirm or deny reports in Australia that he is considering quitting.
The World Cup star, who will be 33 in September, still has a year to run on his Hoops contract after being reunited with his former international boss Ange Postecoglou at the champions last summer.
Mooy, who had been released by Chinese outfit Shanghai Port, played his part in the Parkhead side’s historic treble although he completed the season on the injury list.
MEDALLION MAN…beaming Aaron Mooy holds aloft the League Cup trophy after the triumph over Ibrox opposition at Hampden in February.
Postecoglou, of course, has left for Spurs and Brendan Rodgers has yet to assess the players he has inherited with whom he has no prior working knowledge.
The former St Mirren, Huddersfield and Brighton anchorman is “thinking things over,” according to a report in local media FTBL.
Mooy allegedly “refused to comment” on whether he would see out the final year of his terms in Glasgow and Andrew Clark, the ex-Socceroos head of fitness who worked with the player before the winter World Cup Finals in Qatar, told the outlet: “I’m not sure what his intentions are, but he makes the game look so easy you’d think retirement might be a long way off yet.
“I’m not inside his head or his body to know exactly how he’s feeling. But I imagine to be back in Glasgow with his wife and kids after all the travelling the globe playing football must be a fantastic feeling.
“I’m just not sure, but if he were to retire it would be a nice way to finish after that treble win. He started so young at St Mirren and has sort of come full circle.”
Mooy made 42 Celtic appearances, many from the bench, and scored seven goals, his first two coming in a 4-0 Premiership win over Hibs at Easter Road just before the turn of the year.
Before being struck down by injury, he had proved to be an invaluable part of the first-team squad, especially after skipper Callum McGregor was forced to miss 11 successive games after hirpling off during the 3-1 Champions League loss to RB Leipzig in Germany in October.