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9th Feb, 2018 | 3:37pm

Much-hyped new arrival at Celtic deserves second chance to impress after slow start

The signing of Charly Musonda from Chelsea on an 18 month loan deal was seen as a massive coup for Brendan Rodgers.
The 21-year-old Belgian was on the fringes of the Cheslea first-team, and indeed many of their supporters seemed unhappy that the player was allowed to leave.
Musonda made his debut as a second-half substitute against Hearts, and was pretty quiet aside from a cute back heel which set up a chance.
Unfortunately, his debut against Kilmarnock didn’t live up to the hype, as despite some nice flashes of skill he was crowded out and failed to influence the match which the Hoops lost 1-0.
However, he has a chance to make amends for his slow start and display his full range of skills when the Hoops take on Partick in the Scottish Cup at Celtic Park on Saturday.
Perhaps this should always have been the game Musonda made his debut in. Playing against an in-form Kilmarnock side on an artificial pitch always had the potential to be a banana skin, and so it proved.
The match against the Jags could be much more to the player’s liking. He will have much more time on the ball and could well be the fulcrum of the team as the Hoops go forward.
It’s early days for Musonda in Glasgow, but the match against Partick gives him the chance to live up to the hype.
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