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Why Daniel Arzani's Celtic debut could be imminent

1:34 AM GMT 30/10/2018
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All signs suggest the Aussie teenager is very close to a first-team appearance for the Hoops

After training with the Celtic senior side last week, Daniel Arzani was a notable absentee from the Hoops academy team on Monday suggesting Brendan Rodgers could be about to hand the Australian his debut this week.

Having scored in his first start for the youth team last month, the 19-year-old has since missed multiple games for the side as he inches his way into Rodgers' first-team plans.

The timing couldn't be much better for Arzani either with the Hoops set to play their third game in under a week on Thursday against Dundee in the Scottish Premiership.

Celtic's busy schedule of late has seen them lose 2-0 to Red Bull Leipzig in the Europa League last week before claiming a 3-0 win over Hearts in the Scottish League Cup semi-final on Sunday.

Dundee, who sit bottom of the Premiership with one win from ten games, now loom as their next opponents and it's an ideal chance for Arzani to get his first taste of senior action.

With a tired squad and facing a side that shouldn't prove too much of a handful, Rodgers must seriously be considering using the Australian teenager at some point - a fact backed up by Arzani's omission from the academy side on Monday.

The Hoops are currently third in the league, six points off current leaders Hearts but with a game in hand.

Just three days after Celtic take on Dundee, they'll then play host to the league leaders with Arzani again in contention to feature then should he not play against Dundee. 

Thursday's match however looms as his most likely chance to get some much-needed minutes with the first-team after recent reports suggested a Manchester City return could be on the cards should he not feature soon.

Celtic has since refuted those claims, but regardless Australia's brightest talents needs to be playing regularly sooner rather than later.