Mooy's Celtic move a win for Roos: Arnie

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Socceroos coach Graham Arnold cannot wait to see what a fit and happy Aaron Mooy can do for Australia at this year's World Cup in Qatar.

Having endured a stop-start two years due to the global COVID-19 pandemic after his move to Chinese club Shanghai Port, Mooy's future found certainty with a move to Scottish giants Celtic on Tuesday.

The decision to reunite with former Australia boss Ange Postecoglou at Parkhead not only means Mooy will finally be pushing for regular match action ahead of November's World Cup, but the 31-year-old doesn't have to be separated from his family as he has been for long periods during his time in China.

Despite having not played any football since February, Mooy played every minute of Australia's World Cup play-offs against the UAE and Peru in Doha in June to help the Socceroos reach a fifth-straight finals.

Arnold believes the sky is the limit for the midfielder if he returns to Qatar in November with regular football under his belt.

"That's what you get when you get a happy Aaron Mooy," Arnold said of the play-off performances.

"A lot of the off-field stuff can affect the on-field performance.

"The fact that Aaron was happy off the field, he stayed with us, there was nothing, no stress in his mind about what was going to happen with his club Shanghai, he had just one focus and that was us.

"With better fitness, more match rhythm and under Ange, I expect when he walks into Qatar that he'll be that leader that we need on the field. That silent leader that performs the way he did."

Mooy is just one of several Australian players to have made moves following the Socceroos' qualification as the race to be part of Arnold's 26-man squad heats up.

The Socceroos have just two matches before the tournament, a friendly against New Zealand in Brisbane on September 22 to celebrate 100 years of Australia's men's football team before then heading across the Tasman to play the All Whites on September 25 in Auckland.

"There's competition for nearly every position now that we probably didn't have at the start of the campaign," Arnold said.

"These young kids that I took to Tokyo, and that's only one year ago, but they've moved on and are doing very well.

"They're tapping the older players on the shoulders to make them aware that they're coming through and the older players, they've got to step up and show what they've got to do to keep those younger boys out."

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