Daniel Arzani just can’t seem to catch a break after the former Celtic man’s spell with Utrecht came to an end.
Arzani’s spell in Holland is over as he completed a loan move to Danish side AGF Aarhus yesterday [Fox Sports]. It comes after making only 11 appearances and contributing with only one goal and two assists [Transfermarkt]. Utrecht manager Rene Hake stated recently that the player “doesn’t meet our expectations” in a damning verdict [Fox Sports].
The Australian prodigy was supposed to be the next big thing after signing for Celtic on a two-year loan deal from Man City. However, a nasty ACL tear on his debut back in 2018 kept him sidelined for a full campaign.
In his second season in Glasgow, he only managed five minutes after more injury troubles [Transfermarkt].
For some bizarre reason, it was Celtic who had been criticised by Australian media pundits for Arzani’s lack of development. Former Chelsea and Fulham goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer said the following back in February to Optus Sports:
“It took him a while to even get that opportunity to start in a Celtic side and when he signed for them, I said straight away, ‘I think it’s the wrong move for him’.
“I don’t think Celtic’s style of play suits him; I don’t think it’s the right environment for him to go into to develop as a player. He’s a very gifted technical player, a player that loves to get the ball at his feet and run at opposition, but as a ball-playing player he needs other intelligent players around him.
“So, I would have thought his best move would have been a place either like Germany, (or) in Holland. They play a more technical based game of football and they also give a lot of young players opportunities.”
Daniel Arzani simply wasn’t good enough to make it at Celtic
Something that pundits such as Schwarzer really should just come to terms with is that Arzani just wan’t good enough.
Celtic have a track record of being a proving ground for exciting young talents. Just as Fraser Forster, Victor Wanyama, Virgil Van Dijk, Moussa Dembele, Stuart Armstrong. It’s a list as long as your arm. The proof is there that if you’re good enough then Celtic is a sensational venue to strut your stuff.
That Arzani has now gone to Holland, one of the apparent better choices for a player of his supreme capabilities, and failed – it’s vindication for Celtic. We take no joy in things not working out for Arzani of course. By all accounts, he gave his best and was unlucky with injury during his time here.
But we can’t accept his bad luck to be used as a stick to batter Celtic with. And the fact he hasn’t made it in the Netherlands proves you can’t just point the finger of blame at us.
When Brendan Rodgers signed him two-and-a-half years ago, it looked a shrewd buy. But a combination of luck and lack of quality has led to Arzani struggling to make an impact.
And all of a sudden, Schwarzer’s Celtic dig now looks petty and sheer wrong.