Some Celtic fans hit back at Mark Schwarzer over Daniel Arzani and Tom Rogic claims

By David Walton

February 26, 2020

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.

Former Australian goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer (Plumb Images/Leicester City FC via Getty Images)

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:

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.

Tom Rogic in action for Celtic (Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

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.

Is Schwarzer just displaying some of the old-fashioned English arrogance with his comments here? What about Arzani and Rogic? Do you see a route back into regular first-team action for them anytime soon? Let us know in the discussion forum below.