Arzani: the right quality in the wrong position

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Daniel Arzani looks a fantastic prospect who was snapped up by Manchester City for a snip from their surrogate club Melbourne City from the Australian A-League.

The young Australian was never going to slot into the City midfield being bought due to his potential, he is a mile away from getting game time at the English Champions.

Unfortunately for him, he is dueling for a position where we already have a wealth of riches.

If only Daniel were a Centre Half!

For all his trickery, ball control, turn of pace, deadly crosses, finesse and power in front of goal Arzani has a problem, both Championship player of the year Lewis Morgan and academy graduate Mikey Johnstone have all the same toys to play with.

The three of them are not only in a fight for a position, they are in a fight for a reserve place behind James Forrest who has been simply outstanding since committing to Celtic when Brendan arrived.

Forrest is a commanding presence at Celtic and has shut up the boo Bhoys who wanted to see him leave after he rejected a new contract under Ronny Deila.

The stasis Celtic was in under the Norwegian would go some way to explaining his desire to leave, since committing he has regularly been one of our best players and the trio of youngsters will have a battle for minutes behind him.

Socceroos manager Graham Arnold will hold talks with Brendan later this week but can expect few favours, it must be remembered that Paddy Roberts first had to shine in the Development League before he was given his first team chance.

Paddy, of course, grabbed that chance with both hands but still had a dearth of opportunities such is the competition for spots in Celtic’s bloated midfield roster.

Rogic, Brown, Ntcham and McGregor pick themselves when fit and  with Tierney now being selected as a left wing back/midfielder instead of an out and out defender spots are hard to come by in the Hoops midfield.

Scott Sinclair and Christie are favoured on the bench with Mulumbu likely to get some action soon and to provide cover for Skipper Scott Brown.

Allan, Kouassi, Hayes and Benyu are miles off selection let alone our young guns.

Arzani will simply have to excel in the development League, his next chance (if selected) coming on the 17th of September at home to Aberdeen.

There are no free rides at Celtic, as much as we all want to see the young Celt thrive in Hoops, he must knock the gaffer’s door down to get in the first team, something those in front of him will be equally keen to do.