Australia boss Graham Arnold has warned Celtic man Daniel Arzani that he must get some game time before January in order to reinvigorate his international career.
The 20-year-old, who’s more than halfway through a two-year loan from Manchester City, has missed out on the international fold for the last year through injury. Arzani is nearing a comeback for Celtic, though, and featured in the midweek development game against Albion Rovers.
Arnold knows that Celtic rate him highly but says that the time has now come for Arzani to earn first team opportunities.
“Rene Meulensteen, my assistant, went up to Celtic and sat with Neil Lennon and they rate him highly,” he told Fox Sports.
“They love him. They think that he is a special player but at the end of the day it’s all about getting those opportunities on the pitch and getting game time and I think that will come to the forefront over the next six months.
“It’s an important six months for Daniel before potentially the January transfer window that he gets game time.
“Celtic obviously are a strong club and have got a lot of depth. Daniel is under no illusions that he has to work extremely hard to get in that side.”
Arnold doesn’t understand Celtic attacking options
Sadly for Aussie loudmouth Arnold, it seems like he may be waiting a bit longer to see Arzani nail down a Celtic spot. The attacker is clearly an immense talent but he’s also fighting against an immense Celtic attacking line-up – and it’s hard to see where he fits in.
We’re blessed for options on the left-wing with Mohamed Elyounoussi, Mikey Johnston and Scott Sinclair all good players while Ryan Christie, Tom Rogic and even Olivier Ntcham can fight it out in the middle.
If Arzani can find a way to play on the right-hand-side then that may be his best option at Celtic. We only really have James Forrest at present and the Scotland man could probably do with a rest from time to time.
But even then it’s difficult to see Arzani enjoying an extended spell in Neil Lennon’s side. There’s no harm in that. Not all loan deals work out.