Scott McDonald has told Australian outlet The World Game that he believes Celtic loanee Daniel Arzani will return to parent club Manchester City in the summer – rather than the Scottish champions extending his loan spell.
Arzani, 21, joined Celtic in the summer of 2018 after impressing at the World Cup with Australia. He joined the Hoops on a two-year loan deal, almost immediately after completing a permanent move to Manchester City from Melbourne City.
But the last two seasons have been a nightmare for Arzani. Indeed, the six-time Australia international struggled to get into the Celtic side and when he eventually made his debut against Dundee, he ruptured his anterior cruciate ligament.
Arzani is struggling for game time again despite recovering his fitness, and ex-Celtic striker McDonald believes he will leave Celtic this summer and return to his parent club – rather than being given a second chance and having his loan extended.
“I was at the game against Dundee where he got injured. It looked pretty innocuous,” McDonald said. “It’s been a real shame for him. I think he’ll probably be looking elsewhere (for game time).
“After this season, he’ll need to sit down with his advisors and the City Football Group and decide what’s the best move for Daniel to play senior football. It’s tough for Daniel to even get into an 18-man squad. I feel his frustration.”
TBR’s view – Arzani needs to get game time
And that is hardly going to be at Celtic. Every game matters for the Hoops and being able to blood youngsters or fringe players, right at this moment, is difficult for manager Neil Lennon.
Though they are now 12 points ahead in the Scottish Premiership title race and remain in the Scottish Cup and Europa League, every game is important and Lennon is hardly going to bring in untested players in order to make the difference.
Will Celtic fans see Arzani in green and white for a second time? Probably not. But for the good of the young Aussie’s career, a return to City this summer and another loan will benefit the attacker.