Don’t Look Back in Anger, Daniel – Arzani planning Dutch football move

REUTERS are reporting that Daniel Arzani is looking to kickstart his career in Holland after his time at Celtic ends.

The winger starred for Australia at the World Cup in Russia and arrived at Celtic in August 2018 on loan after signing on a Manchester City, in one of those strange deals that occur in the modern game. Arzani’s chances of ever playing for Manchester City is probably around the same as Paddy Roberts, who co-incidentally, Lubo98 was writing about this morning on The Celtic Star.

Arzani came on for a few minutes in the Scottish Cup win at Firhill against Partick Thistle in January, that was his return to action after a year on the sidelines after suffering a horrible knee injury on his Celtic debut, when he came on a substitute in a comfortable win over Dundee at Dens Park. He started brightly, looked a real player then slumped to the deck, seemingly having his studs caught in the turf.

Neil Lennon promised to look at some additional game time in the latter part of the season for the 21 year old Australian but the coronavirus put an end to that happening and now his frustrating time at Celtic is coming to an end.

“It’s tough for Lenny – he came back for his second gig as Celtic manager with a lot of weight on his shoulders in going for 10-in-a-row. I’ve been coming back from injury and he’s never seen me play before, so there’s no way I can blame him.

“He’s a really good guy and a really good coach. It was just unfortunate circumstances,” the Aussie said.

“I think I’m in some of the best shape of my career so far,” he continued. “Andrew Clark has been impressed with the work we’ve been doing and said he’d never seen me in such good shape, so I’m buzzing.

“There’s no point in looking into the past and the negative things that have happened. It’s about looking forward, taking things in your stride and trying to make the best out of an unfortunate situation with injuries.

“This happens to everyone – I’m not the first player and I won’t be the last.

“I don’t know if I’ll be going back to Celtic to finish the season – we’ll just have to wait and see what the different leagues announce and go from there.

“It’s a crazy time right now. I may have to get on a plane and go back to Glasgow next week. Or I might be going back in a month’s time and my contract will have run out by then.

“The aim is to stay in Europe and give it a proper shot. I don’t think I gave myself a fair chance this time around because I wasn’t fit the whole time.”

“I feel like I’ve emotionally matured so much through this process and in some ways it could be good for me later down the track,” he added.

“I just want to bounce back now and get back to playing. To do my ACL in my first game was a tough one – and I’ve literally been out since then, until maybe a couple of months ago.

“It is what it is, but hopefully it will never happen again, touch wood.”

Arzani, according to the report in Reuters, is hoping to get a move to the Netherlands to kick-start this career.

They report – Arzani, who joined the Scottish side on an extended loan from Manchester City in August 2018, suffered a knee ligament injury 23 minutes into his Celtic first team debut and has managed one appearance this season after returning.

With the Scottish Premiership suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic and his loan scheduled to end in June, Arzani is keen on a fresh start next season.

“Holland comes up because it’s a selling league and they develop a lot of really good talent,” Arzani told The World Game. “But they’re not the only league to have done that.

“It’s been a really tough last two seasons for me. Celtic’s been tough, there are a lot of good people there and it’s a good club, but the most important thing is game time and I wasn’t getting that.

“I was getting frustrated with injuries and things like that and the most important thing now is to look forward and go somewhere I think I’ll get game time.”

Arzani genuinely looks like a really good player but sometimes it just doesn’t work out at a club and a move is the best way forward. He needs to join a club where he is going to get some football and for aspiring wingers the Celtic side is a difficult one to break into, a point Marian Shved was making recently.

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The Celtic Star founder and editor David Faulds has edited numerous Celtic books over the past decade or so including several from Lisbon Lions, Willie Wallace, Tommy Gemmell and Jim Craig. Earliest Celtic memories include a win over East Fife at Celtic Park and the 4-1 League Cup loss to Partick Thistle as a 6 year old. Best game? Easy 4-2, 1979 when Ten Men Won the League. Email

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