Celtic signed Daniel Arzani in the hope that he could be the second coming of Patrick Roberts. Instead, he looks like the new Charly Musonda.
13 months ago, The Hoops signed one of the most exciting attacking talents anywhere in world football – a player who caught the eye of Pep Guardiola and became the youngest player to feature at the 2018 World Cup.
In landing Australian wonderkid and Manchester City superstar-to-be Daniel Arzani on a two-year loan, Celtic appeared to have hit the jackpot. How times have changed.
A cruelly-timed cruciate ligament injury ended his debut season after just two months and even when the 20-year-old makes his long-awaited return, he will find himself behind Mikey Johnston, James Forrest, Lewis Morgan and even Scott Sinclair in the pecking order with a new manager to impress. Brendan Rodgers was the Celtic coach when Arzani arrived; now it’s Neil Lennon.
And the latest blow in the 2018 A-League Young Footballer of the Year’s Celtic career came on Thursday. Arzani has been left out of Celtic’s squad for the Europa League group stage, meaning he will have to sit at home alongside the out-of-favour Jack Hendry and Kouassi Eboue.
If Celtic fans had hoped to see this dazzling forward in action before it's too late, they may be disappointed.
No Arzani. Can't work that one out.— Paul J. Laverty (@pauljlaverty) September 5, 2019
Whits going on with Arzani— Caino-Bolingoli (@redcain81) September 5, 2019
Shved can’t even get a look in and he’s our player , so a don’t know if arzani is gonna see another pitch for Celtic— Div McALpine (@DIVBHOY) September 5, 2019
Arzani must be off surley, what is the actual point of him being here! Said it months ago https://t.co/NwOLIdEc40— Jordan Bolingoli (@JordanMurphy_25) September 5, 2019
How far away is Arzani .. surprising city haven’t recalled him.— Michael Yeates (@YeatesMichael) September 5, 2019
I heard he's fit now. Should let the boy go if we don't fancy him.— Paul J. Laverty (@pauljlaverty) September 5, 2019
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