Former Premier League goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer reckons Daniel Arzani made a mistake joining Celtic.
The 21-year-old is approaching the final stages of his two-year loan deal with the Parkhead club, which has been a huge disappointment thanks to injury.
Australian Arzani unfortunately suffered an ACL tear on his debut for the club after joining from Manchester City, and the recovery and rehabilitation process has been gruelling for the youngster.
As a result, he’s been limited to just two first-team appearances for the Bhoys, but in the eyes of Arzani’s compatriot Schwarzer, going to Celtic in the first place was a questionable decision.
He said on Optus Sports’ Two Sharp Reds podcast: “It took him a while to even get that opportunity to start in a Celtic side and when he signed for them, I said straight away, ‘I think it’s the wrong move for him’.
“I don’t think Celtic’s style of play suits him; I don’t think it’s the right environment for him to go into to develop as a player.
“He needs game time. He needs to play in a first-team. He needs to play in a team that plays a style of football that suits him best.
“He’s a very gifted technical player, a player that loves to get the ball at his feet and run at the opposition, but as a ball-playing player, he needs other intelligent players around him.”
TBR’s view – Arzani can make it work
Arzani currently isn’t giving Neil Lennon enough of a reason to select him in the starting XI.
At the moment, the likes of James Forrest, Mohamed Elyounoussi and Mikey Johnston are all ahead of him in the pecking order, and it’s on the Australian to show why he deserves to play.
The injury has obviously not helped his cause, but surely Lennon would give the fit-again starlet a chance if he felt he deserved one.
It’s perhaps easy for Schwarzer to think he’s in the wrong environment, but the youngster is a bright spark and certainly has the potential to make it work over the next few months if he really knuckles down.