The legendary Australian goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer spoke with Goal about his fellow countryman Daniel Arzani and his contributions to the national team as well as his move to Celtic.
The Chelsea and Australian goalkeeper spoke with Goal about his national team and soon the topic changed to Daniel Arzani. The young Australian star moved to Manchester City when he signed with the club following the previous World Cup. Shortly after, Manchester City loaned out Daniel Arzani to Celtic.
Daniel Arzani’s career did not take off quite as expected when he joined Celtic. In October of 2018, Daniel Arzani made his first team debut against Dundee. In that same debut, Daniel Arzani suffered a torn ACL which has kept him off the pitch since. In June, the young winger spoke to The BBC about his injury:
There are a lot of tough days in the rehab. When you’re in the gym and working on it every single day and it still doesn’t feel the same as it did you’re just like, ‘When is it ever going to feel the same?”
In light of his injury, and his subsequent missed time with the Australian national team is what probably sparked goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer to make the comments he did to Goal. Schwarzer stated this to Goal:
“He didn’t play enough games over 90 minutes, which is something he needs to build on. The Celtic move is one which I am not sure is the best move for him just yet. But it is about playing games and continuing to develop.”
Clearly Mark Schwarzer does not hold the Celtic development team and academy in high regards despite Celtic continually producing top end talent that helps supply the English Premier League. The injury to Daniel Arzani is incredibly unfortunate, especially considering the loan deal was only for two years. ACL injuries can keep players out of matches for over a year when considering surgery recovery time and the amount of time it takes to return to match fitness.
However, the injury was not the fault of Celtic, and as far as a football development move is concerned for the Arzani, one must believe that the Celtic move would have benefited the winger greatly when compared to toiling away in the Manchester City system.