Former Celtic loanee Charly Musonda has opened up on the “very, very difficult” time he had at the club.
The Belgian attacker arrived in Glasgow in January 2018 with a real buzz of expectation. Celtic fans had heard big things about the young kid who was highly thought of at Chelsea and had excelled in a previous loan spell in the green and white of Real Betis.
His move never caught fire with the youngster only making eight appearances in total. Five of them were off the bench with Musonda only chalking up a total of 335 minutes in the Hoops.
He didn’t manage to score in that limited time but he did contribute one moment of genius that will live long with the Celtic faithful.
It was the Belgian’s delicate lofted ball that found Callum McGregor for the emphatic only goal as the Hoops beat Russian giants Zenit 1-0.
Sadly, Musonda never kicked on from that moment under Brendan Rodgers as he be bemoaned a “very sad moment”.
Musonda has no regrets over Celtic spell
“It was very, very difficult,” he told the Independent. “It’s something you have to get over and try to not let it change you, but it was a very sad moment. It’s not like in six months I became a bad player.
“But when you’re a player who expresses yourself and has that bit of arrogance, criticism goes hand in hand. People say things like ‘he’s unprofessional’ but that’s football, people are always going to talk. It’s up to me to make things happen.
“I have no regrets about my time at Celtic. I have no problems with Brendan Rodgers. He tried to develop me, he treated me well in training. You can’t dwell on it.”
Musonda is currently on loan at Eredivisie side Vitesse where he has just started a second successive season-long loan.