Rodgers explains reason behind Charly Musonda's impending Celtic Park departure

Charly Musonda of Celtic is seen during the Scottish Premier League match between Celtic and Heart of Midlothian at Celtic Park on January 30, 2018 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Charly Musonda is to leave Celtic this summer.

Scott Brown of Celtic and his team mates celebrate victory after the Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership match between Rangers and Celtic at Ibrox Stadium on March 11, 2018 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers says he couldn’t guarantee Charly Musonda regular first-team football and as a result they have decided to end his loan spell from Chelsea early, the Scottish Sun report.

The Belgium U21 international joined the Hoops from the Blues on an 18-month loan spell in January – a move which was widely praised by the Celtic supporters as they were excited over his potential.

Musonda, however, has struggled for game-time and when given brief opportunities by Rodgers, he has ultimately failed to make much of an impression despite his best intentions.

Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers celebrates as Celtic win the Ladbrokes Scottish Premier League during the Scottish Premier League match between Celtic and Aberdeen at Celtic Park on May 13,...

Speaking to reporters regarding the situation, Rodgers explains how both parties have decided to cut Musonda’s loan spell short as the former Liverpool boss simply couldn’t guarantee him games at Celtic Park.

“He was a joy to work with, a really good boy, wanted to learn and he’s now at an age where he needs to play week in, week out, and, unfortunately, I couldn’t promise him that,” Rodgers told the Scottish Sun.

The Chelsea attacker has bags of potential but at Celtic he faced heavy competition for places in wide areas, mainly from the likes of Scott Sinclair, Callum McGregor, Odsonne Edouard and James Forrest.

Charly Musonda of Celtic reacts as he celebrates the Celtic goal by team mate Callum McGregor during UEFA Europa League Round of 32 match between Celtic and Zenit St Petersburg at the...

Musonda made just a handful of appearances for the Hoops, with his last start coming in the disappointing 0-0 Scottish Premiership stalemate at home to St Johnstone.

With plenty of potential, the former Anderlecht youngster will no doubt find regular football on loan at another club next season and he can’t allow his lack of opportunities at Celtic to dent his confidence.

As for Rodgers, with Musonda leaving there is scope to bring in another wide man this summer to bulk up his squad, though he may struggle to convince Chelsea of loaning him any more players in the coming seasons.

Charly Musonda of Celtic is seen prior to the Scottish Premier League match between Celtic and Heart of Midlothian at Celtic Park on January 30, 2018 in Glasgow, Scotland.

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