Daniel Arzani's Celtic role assured by Neil Lennon

By David Walton

July 15, 2019

Daniel Arzani’s Celtic role is apparently still there for him as the player spoke of how Neil Lennon has been in contact.

Arzani is continuing to rehabilitate from the ACL injury he picked up last season. The winger played just one match back in Halloween 2018 at Dens Park. The ACL disaster, however, led to him missing the final seven months of the campaign.

The Scottish Sun reported a few days ago that he was back in first-team training. It still remains to be seen how much longer it takes for him to get match-fit, however.

Daniel Arzani still has a role to play under Neil Lennon (David Young/Action Plus via Getty Images)

And, speaking to Goal, Arzani claimed that Lennon has been in touch and that he was keen to get him back into the Celtic side.

“I’ve talked a little bit with the new gaffer and, as everyone knows, he’s really passionate about Celtic. For me, Neil Lennon is always asking about my rehab and my fitness.

“The gaffer telling you he wants you back, that’s great to know that he’s keen to get me back in the team.”

Arzani’s Celtic role will involve a huge left-wing battle

There’s something incredibly intriguing about the left-wing spot this season. We already spoke several days ago about how Arzani’s challenge at Celtic has increased in difficulty due to recent events.

He mainly isn’t helped by the fact that Mikey Johnston has decided to turn on the jets since the start of pre-season. Lennon shouldn’t be keeping Johnston out in current form. But, as is always the case with young players, there will be times in the season when he has a dip in form. That’s when the likes of Arzani will need to strike.

Arzani has World Cup experience to look back on (Sebnem Coskun/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

Scott Sinclair is clearly there to be got at. He looked decent during his cameo appearance in Sarajevo. His open-goal miss against Rennes, however, is a nasty flashback to the Sinclair of the last two seasons.

But even more concerning for Arzani is the sudden renaissance of Lewis Morgan. Perhaps renaissance could be considered strong, but he’s definitely left his mark in his last two appearances. Promising cameos against Sarajevo and Rennes puts Morgan in a good place.

The man who’ll be looking to keep Arzani out of the side (Vagelis Georgariou/Action Plus via Getty Images)

That’s three decent left-wingers all vying for the one spot this season, and that’s not even us including Arzani. A real battle will develop as the season goes on, and we’ll get a feeling for who our number one and two is down the left flank over the course of the season.

But it’s an undoubted boost for Arzani that Lennon is continuously checking up on the winger. If anything, it shows that he’ll get his chance to prove himself when he does fully recover.