Daniel Arzani report could spell danger for Celtic trio

By Hamish Carton

November 19, 2019

Celtic are keen to extend the loan deal of Australian attacker Daniel Arzani – despite him not featuring for over a year – according to a report.

The 20-year-old has only played 33 minutes since signing for the club at the start of last season, but he’s reportedly shown enough in training to tempt Neil Lennon into making an extension happen.

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Australian outlet The World Game report that Arzani is keen to stay at Celtic Park to show the Hoops support what he is really about. The youngster suffered a horrendous ACL injury during his debut against Dundee last Halloween and has been recovering ever since.

He’s had a number of outings for the Development team but that hasn’t paved the way for a first-team return. Yet, at least.

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It makes sense for the club to look to add Arzani for another year. The attacker has effectively missed a year of his loan spell through injury so giving him that time back makes perfect sense. Otherwise, you feared that he would just run out of time to properly make an impact in this side.

He’s clearly a very talented player, having been signed by Manchester City and played at such a young age for Australia. His involvement would add to our strength in depth on the left-wing – where he predominately plays – but it could also have a profound effect on a number of current squad members.

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The trio of Lewis Morgan, Scott Sinclair and Jonny Hayes could all be discarded if Arzani becomes a proper part of Lennon’s plans. The latter has been linked with a move away in recent days (Scottish Sun) with both Swansea and Stoke reportedly in for him as he nears the end of his contract.

Sinclair is also out of contract in the summer and could move given his lack of playing time recently. Morgan has another couple of years to go of his deal but has only started one match since September – with a prompt departure also on the table.

Arzani’s return, in addition to Mohamed Elyounoussi and Mikey Johnston, could mean that Celtic are sorted with three talents on the left-wing. The need for Hayes, Morgan and Sinclair would be even less than it is now.