Some Celtic fans have reacted angrily to Mark Schwarzer’s comments on both Tom Rogic and Daniel Arzani.
The retired Australian international and English Premier League veteran was speaking about his countrymen on Optus Sports’ Two Sharp Reds Podcast. Schwarzer believes that Arzani needs to be playing with players who are more technically gifted, whilst he stated that Rogic needs to move to a tougher league.
Yet, that was despite the fact that neither man has been a first-choice pick this season. Arzani has only made one appearance this year after overcoming a horrific ACL tear, whilst Rogic has played second-fiddle to Ryan Christie all season.
Therefore, Schwarzer’s comments come across as largely uninformed. And reacting to his comments on Twitter, the Hoops supporters weren’t for letting him away with it:
With all due respect @schwarzer_mark, this commentary could only come from someone who hadn't followed us.
Our style of play and level of competition has developed Moussa Dembele, VVD, Edouard & more. Rogic and Arzani, great players, have suffered with injury – not the league.
— Tom Kelly (@MisterTomKelly) February 25, 2020
What planet is this clown living on??? Does he even watch many Celtic games. Rogic can't even get a regular start in our team now and isn't 1st choice. When he does play he lasts 60mins 🙈. Good player when on form but isn't a 1st pick anymore. Schwarzer needs to come off it.
— 𝕾𝖙𝖊𝖕𝖍𝖊𝖓 𝖂𝖆𝖑𝖘𝖍 🍀⭐ (@steviebhoy_88) February 26, 2020
Every time he goes away with the Australian national side, he comes back crocked 🤔
— Michael McKenna (@mrmckenna59) February 25, 2020
— chris (@Chrismartincfc) February 25, 2020
“Doesn’t seem to be able to deliver 90 minutes of consistency like he can for Celtic”
Not watched many games have you Mark. If you did you would’ve known that Tom doesnt play 90 minutes, usually between 65-70 on a good day !!
Scottish football expert !!!
— Murdo McLeod (@MurdoMc) February 25, 2020
Schwarzer again attacking Celtic FC. What is his agenda, against our club🤔
— Ronnie O'Connor (@_lippylipez_) February 25, 2020
@schwarzer_mark clearly doesn’t watch any #Celtic domestic or European matches then! Insult to say the players picked ahead of him aren’t “intelligent” enough! Perhaps if he didn’t get injured or showed the quality ahead of those picked he might get a game!
— DubaiBhoy1888 (@alanwhite1888) February 25, 2020
exactly, get him told
— Christian Mc (@gamboa67_mc) February 25, 2020
The English influence coming out in Schwarzer
Schwarzer was a decent goalkeeper in his day – of that there’s no question. However, he spent 20 years of his career in English football.
Bradford City, Middlesbrough, Fulham, Chelsea, and Leicester City make up his CV during his time in Britain. Therefore, it’s no surprise he’s taken some of that English arrogance of Scottish football back home with him.
He speaks like a man who simply doesn’t watch Celtic at all. To say that Rogic consistently delivers over 90 minutes for Celtic is utterly absurd. It’s almost as if he’s trying to be funny by hitting out with that. The best we can get from Rogic these days is about an hour of 75 minutes if we’re extremely lucky.
Schwarzer is quite right to question whether a move to Parkhead was right for Arzani. However, his reasoning for it is totally on the bizarre scale once again. It’s not because he’s suffered a shocking injury whilst being here. Nah, it’s apparently down to the fact that he needs to be playing with more intelligent players.
That’s right Mark. I’m sure James Forrest, Mohamed Elyounoussi, Ryan Christie, and Odsonne Edouard just can’t match Arzani’s footballing brain. It’s not a dig at Arzani either, he’s been working tirelessly in the reserves to get back up to speed and does look tricky. But he certainly isn’t better than what we already have.