Brett Emerton has criticised Daniel Arzani’s decision to move to Celtic in the summer.
The former Australian international knows what it takes to play at a high level for club and country, appearing 294 times for Blackburn and earning 95 caps for the Socceroos during his playing career.
Before playing for Blackburn in the Premier League, Emerton spent three seasons in Holland with Feyenoord.
And it’s a move like that which he believes Arzani should have made after leaving Melbourne City for Manchester City and then Celtic on loan for the next two years.
Asked if he felt the Eredivisie would have been a better fit for Arzani, Emerton, per goal.com, said: “I think for his development it would’ve been a better move if I’m honest.
“But that’s not to say he can’t go to Celtic, spend one or two seasons performing well and get a big move from there.
“I’m hopeful he’ll do well. I want our national team to do well and for that we need our players in the biggest leagues week in, week out. That should be his ambition.”
Arzani has yet to make his debut for Celtic’s first team and is likely to remain playing games with the reserves as he gets up to speed with football in a new country.
He was left out of the club’s Europa League squad by Brendan Rodgers and that shows patience will be needed for the young Australian.
But Arzani’s free-kick goal against Aberdeen reserves on Monday night shows the kind of quality he has and that bodes well for Celtic going forward.