WHEN we wrote about the players missing from the Celtic Europa League squad last week, we focused on Marvin Compper and Allan and didn’t even mention that the recently arrived Australian teenager Daniel Arzani wasn’t included.
This became a story the next day with tabloids and some Celtic sites jumping in to suggest that there was a repeat of the Charly Musonda brewing in Paradise. Chris Davies then pointed out that the player had just arrived and was behind in his preparations for the season as he hadn’t played since the World Cup.
The player had just arrived in Scotland from the other side of the World and would be given time to settle in, find his feet and start to enjoy life at Celtic.
There’s more click bait around this morning relating to Daniel Arzani. Apparently there will be ‘Crunch Talks’ held and the players ‘Future’ is at stake.
Let’s calm all of this down.
All that is happening is that the Australian Head Coach, who is in Europe as the Aussies held a training camp in Turkey, is now taking the chance to visit Lennoxtown to meet with Brendan Rodgers.
Graham Arnold has two of his international side in the Celtic squad – Tom Rogic and now Daniel Arzani, who is only 19. The fact that the Australian manager is taking the chance to visit Celtic is surely no big deal, it’s something that a good international manager would do and he clearly understands the changes that have occurred in Arzani’s life since the summer.
Here’s what the Australian boss said.
“Young Daniel is in great shape. He’s looked excellent in training.
“I will be in Scotland on Wednesday or Thursday. I’m meeting Brendan Rodgers and probably will find out more about the player’s progress.
“I do know Celtic rate him very, very highly.
“The kid has only been there two weeks and needs a little bit of time to let him settle. I’m sure the plans Celtic have will be great for him.”
Judge for yourselves if this looks like ‘crunch talks’…
Brendan Rodgers has a well deserved reputation for developing players.
Daniel will be learning a great deal at the moment and will have every chance to get up to speed and show what he can do on the training ground.
Then and only then we can expect to see him – if he’s as good as Graham Arnold says then we will have a really good addition to the Celtic squad.
But please, let’s give the boy time to settle into his new life in Scotland…