BRENDAN RODGERS has called Daniel Arzani’s injury ‘unfortunate’ after the midfielder finally made his Celtic bow on Wednesday night at Dundee.

The Australian has been with the club since August but had been playing with the developmental side until his call-up against Dundee.

With the game at 5-0 Rodgers had the luxury of putting in Lewis Morgan and Daniel Arzani for the last half an hour.

Both players did well when they came on and Daniel should have had an assist if Kieran Tierney hadn’t missed a golden opportunity to score a sixth.

Overall it was a good cameo by the little Australian but he would not last the 90 minutes after going over on his knee.

The 19-year-old had to be stretchered off the park, as he was, he applauded the fans.

Speaking about the injury after the game Rodgers said: “Daniel looked like he twisted his knee so we just have to assess that.

“He is a great boy and it’s unfortunate he picked up the injury with a run in the game.

“I think his knee just sort of gave way and he felt it a bit unstable.

“He was taking the applause on the way off, so I’m not sure how sore it was – I don’t think it was killing him!”

Dedryck Boyata also had to come off near the end of the game but Rodgers was more positive about that.

“Dedryck Boyata also felt some cramp in his calf. We just took him off as a precaution.”


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