Celtic outcast Daniel Arzani says he feels a lot more mature and wiser for his time out of the Celtic first-team picture.
Despite joining on a two-year loan at the start of last season, the Australian attacker has only featured twice for the club with both opportunities coming from the bench.
The most recent of those was a brief cameo in our Scottish Cup win at Firhill that kicked of 2020.
Arzani got just six minutes at the end of that derby clash but his turnout capped off a long-term recovery from a ACL injury sustained more than a year earlier.
And while his physical fitness is improving with every passing day, the youngster also feels that his mentality has come on leaps and bounds too.
“I feel a lot older, not just age-wise but mentally in the way I look at things in life now,” he told the Celtic View. (Volume 55, issue 27, page 23)
“I feel like I’m a lot more mature and a bit wiser, but I also feel mentally a lot stronger as well.
“It was a long time I was out for and looking and looking on at something you love but being unable to take part isn’t easy to take.
“It motivates you but you need to teach yourself to always stay positive to make sure your motivation stays high.”
Clyde cup tie looks like an obvious chance for Arzani
While players often use these kind of interviews to speak a load of waffle, it does seem like Arzani has genuinely done a lot of developing in his time off the pitch.
Injuries can be the making of some players, and at the age of 21 he still has a lot of football to play before he even reaches his peak.
Arzani has also suffered almost unimaginable professional lows, and the fact that he has been able to deal with them so well suggests he has the perfect mentality to play for Celtic.
However, time is running a little low for the Aussie, given that his loan spell only has a few more months to run.
While his injuries have been unfortunate and unavoidable, you can only look at his Celtic career as a failure so far.
His appearance in the Thistle win suggests that Neil Lennon does see some sort of role for him between now and May.
But with so many crucial games coming up it is hard to see where he would be given a chance.
The Clyde Scottish Cup tie is perhaps the only obvious one on the horizon. If he gets his chance there and performs well then a whole world of opportunities could open up for him.