Celtic

Arzani scores from a free kick, something badly missing from the first XI

Daniel Arzani has scored his first goal in Hoops for the development team in their match against Aberdeen.

As I wrote a week ago there are no free rides at Celtic and he will need to knock the manager’s door down with goals and strong performances to get into the starting XI.

What is auspicious about his goal is that it came from a  free kick, our set pieces have been predictable and rarely resulted in goals for some time now.

Whilst it is early days, should the young Australian continue his form over the dead ball as well as in general play, he may well see himself elevated to the first team squad, especially with our glut of fixtures on the horizon as we battle in the Premiership, League Cup and Europa League.

There are no shortage of players vying for a position in Brendan Rodgers midfield, but if he can maintain a run of scoring and add a few goals and assists from set pieces he may well find himself called upon sooner rather than later.

If selected he will have another opportunity next Tuesday when we host Greenock at Cappielow a few days after the first team travel to Kilmarnock in what is shaping as a must-win game for Celtic in the Premiership.

Used primarily as a substitute by the Socceroos, the young Bhoy may be the X-factor we need on the bench to unlock defences which are becoming increasingly accustomed to our players and style.

All he can do is keep scoring and playing his part and like so many who have come through the development teams ranks, he will get his chance.

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