Former Melbourne City boss John van ‘t Schip has told the media Arzani wasted his time at Celtic for the past two years and he should never had made the move to the Scottish champions.

Arzani never got a chance at Celtic but an ACL injury which kept the player out for a year certainly had a lot to do with it over the piece. Arzani was in rehab most of his Celtic loan and returned to his parent club Manchester City this summer no further forward in his career.

When he was fit, Neil Lennon already had his favourites and Daniel didn’t get a look in at the first team.

“I don’t think it was a very good move for him going to Celtic.

“The reason I say that is because of the standard of football in Scotland.

“He should have come to the Netherlands. I tipped off Ajax about him, but they already had young players in his position.

“And I tried to sign him when I was PEC Zwolle manager, but he chose to go to Celtic.

“He is potentially a very, very good player, but he barely played at all in Scotland.

“Utrecht needs to give him time because he hasn’t played properly for a very long time.”

It’s all well and good saying the move wasn’t worthwhile in hindsight but there was a real appetite from the Celtic fans to see what Arzani could do after his World Cup appearance that summer. As for the jibe at Scottish football, it’s the usual bluster from someone who hasn’t been around our game.

Things sometimes just don’t work out, the player’s horrendous injury curtailed any sort of impact he could have had. We wish him all the best for the upcoming season and hopefully, he can fulfil his potential elsewhere.


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