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Australian players in Europe next season

As the dust is soon to settle on the football season in Europe, here’s a look at Australian stars who can look forward to Champions League, Europa League and Conference League action next term.

Socceroos shot-stopper back in Europe 

Australia goalkeeper Mathew Ryan is one of the country’s top players who can look forward to playing in European competition next season. 

The former Brighton and Arsenal shot-stopper helped AZ Alkmaar finish in fourth place in the Dutch top flight, which means the club will be back in the Europa Conference League. 

AZ suffered semi-final heartbreak in the same competition this year, losing to the eventual winners West Ham who beat Fiorentina 2-1 in the final. 

At the age of 31, Ryan has plenty more years in football ahead of him but he might be wondering what might have been after losing out to the Hammers over two legs in the semis. 

West Ham are 7.00 To Finish in the Top 6 in the Premier League next season, while Ryan’s former club Brighton are available at 2.62

Hearts trio have European nights to look forward to 

Scottish outfit Hearts have built up an Australian contingent in recent years, with the likes of Kye Rowles, Nathan Atkinson and Cameron Devlin currently at the club. 

All three players have been called up for the Socceroos squad for the friendly against Argentina on 15th June. Australia are 8.50 for the win in the encounter in Beijing, with Argentina at 1.22 and the draw available at 6.00.  

Hearts can look forward to Europa Conference League action after finishing fourth in the Premiership. 

The Edinburgh outfit pipped city rivals Hibernian to fourth spot and therefore enter the Conference League in the third qualifying round with ties set to take place on 10th and 17th August. 

Hearts will be hoping they can progress past whoever they are drawn against and enjoy some more big nights at Tynecastle in the Conference League group stages.

Mooy heading to the Champions League 

As part of Celtic’s treble-winning side last term, Aaron Mooy has enjoyed marked success in Glasgow so far. 

The Aussie midfielder can now look forward to the campaign ahead with Celtic set to be drawn in the Champions League against some of Europe’s biggest clubs. 

Celtic have underperformed in the Champions League in recent years and Mooy will be hoping he can help the Scottish champions give a better account of themselves on the biggest stage. 

The Hoops are 1.80 to retain the Scottish Premiership crown next season, with old rivals Rangers at 1.90 to take the trophy to Ibrox. Hearts are the distant third favourites for a shock title success at 81.00

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