Greek national team manager John van’t Schip believes Daniel Arzani’s move to Celtic was bad for the player’s development, The Daily Record reports this weekend.
Arzani spent two seasons on loan at the Scottish champions from Manchester City, immediately following a transfer move from Melbourne City in his homeland Australia.
It was van’t Schip who handed the winger a Melbourne debut back when he was the manager there and the former Dutch international seems to think the move to Glasgow itself is responsible for Arzani’s career stalling.
As quoted by The Daily Record, he said: “I don’t think it was a very good move for him going to Celtic. The reason I say that is because of the standard of football in Scotland.
“He should have come to the Netherlands. I tipped off Ajax about him, but they already had young players in his position.
“And I tried to sign him when I was PEC Zwolle manager, but he chose to go to Celtic. He is potentially a very, very good player, but he barely played at all in Scotland.
“Utrecht needs to give him time because he hasn’t played properly for a very long time.”
These are pretty ignorant comments for all sorts of reasons, perhaps chiefly because it ignores the context of the player suffering a horror season-ending injury on his debut for the club at Dens Park against Dundee.
That was an incident that could have occurred anywhere in the world and set the player back more than a year in recovery time.
By the time he was fully fit Neil Lennon was at the club and had options like the experienced and quality Mohamed Elyounoussi available to him.
Arzani may well be a talent and prove himself on loan in Eredivisie next season but his time but Celtic had, on the face of things, been a good move for player when he arrived.
The Hoops have a proven track record of improving young players and priming them for teams who play at a more elite level.
Neither the club, nor Scottish football, can be blamed for how things with Arzani turned out.