Brendan Rodgers has revealed that the future of Celtic’s January signing Charly Musonda will be decided after crunch talks with the player and his parent club Chelsea at the end of the season.
The 21-year-old hasn’t featured for the Hoops that often since signing in January on an 18 month loan deal, and Rodgers has hinted that there’s a chance he could terminate the player’s loan deal earlier than expected and send him back to Chelsea.
“If I don’t think this will be for him then Chelsea and I will speak about that, along with Charly. It’s just been unfortunate the team has been playing very well so we’ll speak with him at the end of the season and take it from there” the Hoops boss revealed on the club’s official Twitter account.
🗣️ BR: "If I don't think this will be for him then Chelsea and I will speak about that, along with Charly. It’s just been unfortunate the team has been playing very well so we'll speak with him at the end of the season and take it from there." #HEACEL
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Musonda signed for the Hoops in huge publicity in a deal which was seen as a coup for the Scottish champions but it just hasn’t worked out for him in Glasgow.
Football Insider verdict
It does seem that Musonda would be better off leaving Glasgow at the end of the season as he just hasn’t fit in with the Hoops. As Rodgers says, the team have been playing well for the most part but it perhaps says a lot about the player’s time with the Bhoys that he can’t even get a game when the team has been playing poorly. He obviously has talent, as his sublime pass to set up Callum McGregor’s goal against Zenit shows, but aside from a few nice touches here and there he hasn’t done enough to impose himself on the side. Perhaps the lesson to be learned is to gamble on less big name loan players – Chelsea fans were upset when the player departed, it shouldn’t be forgotten – and to bring in players on a permanent deal, as whose to say that Lewis Morgan won’t turn out to be a far more effective player for the Bhoys than Musonda ever was.
In other Celtic news, read the player ratings from the Hoops win over Hearts