Midfielder Aaron Mooy has decided to end his professional career for both Celtic and the Australian national team. He announced his retirement on Friday, informing both clubs of his immediate departure.
Mooy has been a key player for the Socceroos since making his debut in 2015, playing a significant role in their World Cup campaigns in 2018 and 2022.
He joined Celtic last year to assist them in winning the Scottish treble under former Australia manager Ange Postecoglou, following his successful stints at Manchester City, Huddersfield, and Brighton.
“I’ve had the honour of playing alongside some of the best footballers that Australia has produced, creating lifelong friendships along the way,” he said in a statement.
“This has been a hugely difficult decision (to retire), but I feel the time is right for the next generation to be given the opportunity to experience international football.”
James Johnson, the head of Football Australia, expressed his admiration for a player who he believes has made a significant impact on Australian football.
“When you take a moment and look at the trajectory of Aaron’s career, along with his various achievements for club and country, you see the marks of an eminently talented footballer,” he said.
“In now closing this chapter of his life, Aaron joins some illustrious company, having played consistently in the EPL, appeared at multiple World Cups and capped more than 50 times for his country.”