Willie Wallace comments on Manchester City-owned Celtic youngster Daniel Arzani

A general view inside the stadium ahead of the UEFA Champions League Qualifier between Celtic and AEK Athens at Celtic Park Stadium on August 8, 2018 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Brendan Rodgers’s Celtic signed Daniel Arzani on loan from Manchester City in the summer transfer window.

Daniel Arzani of Australia battles for the ball with Luis Advincula of Peru during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia group C match between Australia and Peru at Fisht Stadium on June 26, 2018...

Willie Wallace has told The Scottish Sun that Manchester City-owned Daniel Arzani will end up becoming a better player than Celtic winger James Forrest.

Forrest has been at Celtic his entire professional club football career so far and has established himself as an important player in manager Brendan Rodgers’s side.


Arzani joined the Hoops on a two-year loan deal from Premier League champions City in the summer transfer window.

The 19-year-old, who can operate as an attacking midfielder or as a winger, has yet to feature for the Glasgow giants.


Celtic legend Wallace believes that Arzani will be a better footballer than Forrest, and has also criticised manager Rodgers for not giving him any chance so far.

The former Scotland international has also suggested that Arzani should look to leave Celtic.

Wallace told The Scottish Sun: “Arzani is a good little player, and Brendan Rodgers disappointed me on that one.

“He’s saying it’s going to be a while before he plays. Well, why are Celtic paying the wages and not Man City? If I was the board at Celtic, I’d have kicked the manager’s a*** out the door.

“Why would you take Arzani for two years if he isn’t going to play in your team? The kid, for me, will finish up a better player than James Forrest."

Wallace added: “When I heard Rodgers say he wasn’t ready, I was baffled. Why take the boy if he thinks he’s not ready? If I was the lad, I’d ask to go back to City or go somewhere else to get a game.”

7th October 2018, McDiarmid Park, Perth, Scotland; Ladbrokes Premiership football, St Johnstone versus Celtic; James Forrest of Celtic holds up the match ball and 4 fingers after his 4...

Getting the chance

Arzani was brilliant during his time at Melbourne City and has also played five times for the Australia national football team.

Celtic manager Rodgers should be looking to give the youngster a chance after the international break.

Head coach Brendan Rodgers of Celtic looks on during the UEFA Europa League Group B match between FC Salzburg and Celtic at Red Bull Arena Wals-Siezenheim on October 4, 2018 in Salzburg,...

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