DEJECTED Daniel Arzani has confirmed he is out for the rest of the season with a cruciate problem.
The on-loan Aussie World Cup winger was stretchered off with the injury after only 22 minutes of his Hoops debut in the 5-0 win over Dundee at Dens Park last week.
Arzani, 19, went down in pain after a sharp turn as he chased down a throw-in. His studs appeared to stick in the turf and he collapsed to the ground.
The attacker posted on Instagram: “Thank you to everyone who has taken the time out of their day to show support and love.
“I’m trying my best to reply to everyone but please understand this is also a very tough time for me as I received bad news today that I will need an ACL op ruling me out until next season.”
Arzani agreed a two-year temporary transfer from Manchester City in August, but at least six months of his Hoops career will be written off after scans revealed the extent of the freak accident.
Brendan Rodgers didn’t include the exciting talent in his original European squad to give the teenager the opportunity to settle into a new environment after he had made the original impact as a substitute in all three of his nation’s World Cup Finals games in Russia in the summer.
The Hoops have also been dealt another injury setback with Ivorian midfielder Eboue Kouassi also sidelined for the remainder of the campaign.
Versatile Isreali Nir Bitton, who has filled in at centre-back as well in the middle of the park, hasn’t played this season following his knee operation at the end of last term. Celtic haven’t set a comeback date for the international.