Daniel Arzani may have been a little naive by releasing information from some goings-on during Celtic training sessions. The Australian, who joined the club last summer, has been in the press a lot over the past 48 hours and not all of it has been positive.
The Scottish Sun have details of Arzani reporting a training ground incident from not too long ago. It concerns Celtic captain Scott Brown and youngster Armstrong Oko-Flex.
Arzani said: “I haven’t tried to nutmeg Broony, but we had a little incident when Armstrong came up for a training session. He tried to nutmeg him and called it, too. Broony absolutely crunched him.
“It was bad. They kind of stopped the session and the coach said, ‘You can’t do that — Broony is going to break your leg’.”
The Aussie youngster would probably have been better served holding his counsel on this one. Telling a story that paints our captain in a negative light may not have been one of his more clever moves.
There’s no doubting that stuff like that does happen in training but fans usually don’t get to hear about it. Stories of footballers losing the rag after being humiliated in training are usually reserved for shows like Si Ferry’s Open Goal – years after the players involved have retired.
The atmosphere in Celtic training is usually pretty positive. Videos have surfaced in the past of players being nutmegged and taking it well. Brown himself was subject to a similar incident earlier on in the year with Timothy Weah and there seemed to be no ill harm.
The incident happened behind closed doors and Arzani should have respected that. With all the chat of leaks surrounding the club in recent weeks, it’s not the time to be talking publicly about in-house matters. It will be interesting to see if anyone gives the Aussie some words of advice.