It seems that Daniel Arzani might have played his last game for Celtic. 67 Hail Hail reported on Thursday that both he and fellow Australian Tom Rogic have returned home to self-isolate from the current global pandemic.
That seems like the sensible thing to do, and Celtic should be applauded for that. However, there is a difference between the players, and their futures at the club.
Rogic has a long-term contract with Celtic, until 2023. When football is once more played in Scotland, Rogic will return to the club, and no doubt be a vital part of the squad going for nine in a row.
May not return next season
That is not the case with Arzani, whose loan deal with the Hoops is due to expire at the end of the season. Of course, the end of the current season is not yet known, but it stands to reason that at the moment, Arzani will not be returning to Celtic next season.
If that is the case, then bad luck has certainly played its part in his time at Celtic. How unfortunate does a player have to be that they suffer a long-term injury in their first match for a new club.
Arzani spent more than a year out after suffering the knee injury versus Dundee, and that put him on the back foot immediately.
Always going to be difficult to recover from absence
It was always going to be difficult for his Celtic career to recover from that, and so it has proved. The player is now fit, and aside from one late substitute appearance for the team has not featured under Neil Lennon, therefore it would probably be for the best if the player moved on at the end of his contract.
Perhaps if he hadn’t suffered such a serious injury Arazni would have been a regular for the Hoops in the last 18 months. Sadly it looks unlikely that we will ever find out.