At just 32, Aaron Mooy’s body told him it was time to stop being a footballer. This is years earlier than Aaron would have planned and hoped for. It comes at an inopportune moment for Celtic, who hoped to have him for at least one more year.
Aaron looked like squad filler when he arrived last summer, six of his first seven appearances were from the bench, but by October, his contribution was no longer possible for Ange Postecoglou to resist. From them until injury struck in early March, he was mostly first choice.
For me, he understood when to slow the game down, an underappreciated skill these days, but one which allowed Celtic to bring the ball forward and build an attack. Holding onto the ball in the middle of the park takes skill and physique, he had sufficient quantities of both. After injury stuck him, Celtic were never quite the same.
There are several slots available in the squad, but (even if Jota moves) not are more important that a central midfielder who can fill the role vacated by Aaron. Budget excesses which flow into the club from the sale of that quite extraordinary new home strip (!) should be channelled into replacing the player.
Best wishes for the future, Aaron.