DANIEL ARZANI was introduced to Celtic fans in August 2018 after the 19-year-old winger’s eye-catching performances for Australia in the World Cup Finals in Russia earlier that summer.

The exciting prospect signed a two-year loan deal from Manchester City – and then injury derailed his stay at Parkhead.

Arzani was given his debut by Brendan Rodgers in a 5-0 Premiership win over Dundee at Dens Park on October 31, but was carried off after suffering a torn ACL which ended his season.

Neil Lennon had taken over as manager by the time Arzani was ready to make his second appearance – this time in the Scottish Cup against Partick Thistle in January 2020. He came on as a second-half substitute in the 2-1 win at Firhill and that brought down the curtain on his all-too-brief displays for the Hoops.

The following season he went on a temporary transfer to Dutch side Utrecht and that was followed by another loan switch to Danish outfit Aarhus. His next stop was at Lommel SK in the Belgian Second Division on loan.

Arzani is now at Macarthur FC in A-League in his homeland and scored one goal in 19 appearances this season.

Alas, the touchline trickster’s tale is one of what-might-have-been for a one-time World Cup whizz-kid.

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