Could Celtic’s Daniel Arzani be set to head back to Manchester City?

According to Australian media outlet, The World Game, Celtic have six weeks to use the on-loan talent in the first-team. Apparently, a deal is in place where the Australian wonder-kid has to feature before then. If he doesn’t then City are set to take him back and cut short the two-year loan agreement.

So far, Arzani has only spent time in the Celtic reserves side. The Australian has been deemed as not match-fit by both Brendan Rodgers and Chris Davies since arriving at Parkhead.

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Daniel Arzani hasn’t been match-fit according to the Celtic staff (Robert Cianflone/Getty Images)

The World Game has also stated that the questioning of Arzani’s fitness may have been a smokescreen. Rodgers may just not fancy the Australian sensation or doesn’t feel he’s ready to make an impact.

In what has been the most testing time for Rodgers in the Celtic dugout, he could use players like Arzani stepping up and seizing his opportunity. So far, however, this loan agreement has been nothing more than disappointing for all concerned.

A reserve regular

Arzani has been featuring fairly regularly for the reserves. That shows you that he’s surely close to being match-fit. How many matches do you have to play before you are?

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The Australian interestingly failed to make Celtic’s Europa League squad. This, again, was apparently simply down to match-fitness. With the Europa League group stages finishing in December, however, it’s odd to use match-fitness as an excuse for not playing someone months down the line.

Arzani featured in the World Cup for Australia (Sebnem Coskun/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

This signing still has question marks all over it. Who sanctioned it and why? If it was Rodgers, then why does he now seem to not fancy throwing Arzani into the mix if he wanted him at the club initially?

With the left-wing spot up for grabs this season, you would’ve hoped Arzani would be the one to snatch it. As it stands, that’s nowhere near the case.

Hopefully we can start to see more of the Australian as the season goes on. Having young talent like him in Scotland is ideal for the game, but Celtic are showing a real hesitancy to give him some minutes.

By the sound of things, it may be the case that City aren’t willing to wait too much longer.

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