In two weeks’ time we may have a clearer view on the Daniel Arzani situation.
The Aussie continues to be out of the picture on the one-year anniversary of his ACL injury.
The left-winger was sidelined at Dens Park for what we all believed was going to just be the rest of last season. Arzani hasn’t played another minute since, however.
And don’t get it wrong, there have been false dawns. Celtic wheeled him out to the media at the start of the season to let him big up his goals for the campaign. Yet, even since that point in June, he still hasn’t played a single minute of football.
In fact, even worse, he still hasn’t been a part of a single matchday squad either. He continues to train away with the team, but we’ve still to see him be selected by Neil Lennon. He has, however, been selected for the development squad.
Time to find out if he’s fit or not
It all leads up to the question of whether he’s 100% fit or not just yet. But we could be about to get a clearer view on whether that’s the case.
In two weeks’ time, Australia face Jordan in a World Cup qualification match. Whilst Tom Rogic could play a huge part in that one, it will be worth keeping an eye on how much of a role Arzani has too.
If he’s selected to take part in the game, we’ll know whether he’s fit to play. There’s been a real lack of clarity on his situation for far too long. It feels as though many are just happy to let this loan deal slide and not bother asking questions about it.
But if Arzani has no part to play at Celtic anymore, it really is time to move him on. If he’s fit and not featuring for the first-team, what’s the point in having him around? After all, if he’s not making matchday squads then he clearly isn’t in Lenny’s plans.
He would simply be better off heading somewhere else in order to find the game-time he so desperately needs at this stage of his career. But that’s only if he’s fit and not being selected.
It could be the case he isn’t called up by Australia due to his lack of fitness. If that’s the case, we could do with an update on when he’ll be ready to play again. But at the moment, this is getting quite ridiculous.