Caltex Socceroo Arzani seals loan move to Celtic

Caltex Socceroos whiz kid Daniel Arzani has secured his loan move to Scottish champions Celtic from Manchester City.

The Hoops revealed the acquisition of the Aussie starlet on Friday night (AEST), subject to an international clearance.

Arzani joined the Premier League club on a permanent deal last week and has been loaned to the Hoops for the next two seasons, which will see him play alongside compatriot Tom Rogic.

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“Celtic is a massive club with a great history and one of the best followings in the world, so I’m looking forward to getting started,” Arzani told the Celtic website.

“The idea was put to me to come to Celtic and work with Brendan Rodgers, and it was something I was very interested in doing, and when it became a reality, I was very excited.

“I’ve had a couple of chats with the manager, more about when I’m coming and when I’ll get started, but I’ll have more chats with him after I settle into the club.

"But, for me, it’s about coming here, doing the best that I can and helping the club as much as possible.”

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Arzani earned his move to the Premier League champions after a breakout campaign with Melbourne City in the Hyundai A-League, becoming a regular in Warren Joyce’s side in the second half of the season.

The 19-year-old was named the NAB Young Footballer of the Year and also earned a spot in the Caltex Socceroos’ 2018 FIFA World Cup squad.

Tom Rogic; Daniel Arzani

The move will see Arzani link up with Rogic, who is key member of the Celtic squad and signed a new five-year contract with the club which keeps him in Glasgow until 2023.

“I gave Tom a call and had a chat with him about the club and everything was positive,” Arzani said.

“Basically he said to me that if it wasn’t so good, he wouldn’t have signed an extension to stay at Celtic Park. Apparently, playing in front of the Celtic fans is absolutely amazing and I’m really excited about that.

“All of Celtic’s home games look absolutely amazing. The scenes at the game are unbelievable, and I love it when the crowd gets behind me. I’m an attacking player. I love to take players on and hopefully I can bring some of that to the team.”

Celtic are nxt in action on Monday morning (AEST) when they host Hamilton Academical.