Daniel Arzani has told Fox Football Podcast that he is desperate to finally make his mark at Celtic next season, after a difficult first six months on loan at the Scottish champions from Manchester City.
The 20-year-old finally earned his Hoops debut from the bench in a Scottish Premiership clash against Dundee, but just 33 minutes into the match, Arzani suffered an enormous setback.
Indeed, the Australia international ruptured his anterior cruciate ligament and had to be replaced just 33 minutes into the match, and has failed to feature for the Hoops since the injury.
Arzani spoke of his desire to win his place back in the Celtic side as he adds the finishing touches to his recovery from the long-term knee injury, and also delivered his verdict on Brendan Rodgers’ exit.
“I’ve set my eyes on next season being a big one for me,” Arzani said. “A lot of people of have been saying I have potential, but at the end of the day there’s still a lot unproven.
“Right now my main focus is just getting back from this ACL injury and feeling good. For me (Rodgers’ exit) doesn’t change anything. It was a challenge for me to play under Brendan Rodgers at the beginning – his mindset was to have his attackers defend a lot. It’s not an easy team to break into.”
Celtic need Arzani to show the kind of form that Patrick Roberts did during his loan spell from City, especially with Scott Sinclair’s form declining and Timo Weah returning to Paris Saint-Germain.
The Aussie came to Celtic with enormous hype after playing for Australia at the World Cup alongside Tom Rogic, but struggled to make his breakthrough. With a pre-season under his belt, he could show Neil Lennon what he is about.
He is just what Celtic needs, if he can finally turn potential into proven quality.