By Richard Parks
Davie Provan has claimed that the contract of Celtic attacker Charly Musonda will be ripped up this summer.
The wide forward, 21, arrived at Parkhead in the January transfer window on an 18-month loan from Chelsea but has made just eight appearances in all competitions for Brendan Rodgers’ side, only three of which have been starts.
The Belgium Under-21 international showed a flash of brilliance when he set up Callum McGregor’s winner against Zenit St Petersburg in the Europa League, but since then he has done little of note.
In the last six Scottish Premiership fixtures, Rodgers has only used Musonda once and now Sky Sports pundit and ex-Celtic midfielder Provan has questioned the use of the young attacker and insisted he will not return for a second season.
“Back in January, Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers described the loan signing of Charly Musonda as ‘a big signing for us’,” Provan wrote in the Scottish Sun on Sunday. “Rodgers also revealed Celtic had beaten two dozen other clubs for the player’s signature. Either way, the Chelsea player already looks like a big mistake.
“Musonda left Chelsea because he wasn’t getting first-team football but has made just three starts for the Hoops.
“Brendan reckons we’ll see the best of the 21-year-old next season. I’ll be surprised if he’s still in Glasgow by then.”
Football Insider verdict:
Musonda is yet to have much of a chance to shine at Celtic and it is little wonder that Provan is convinced his contract will be terminated this summer. It can be assumed there are not issues behind the scenes as the young Belgian has been in the matchday squad for each of the team’s league matches since his arrival. His one bit of brilliance against Zenit shows he can step up in the big European nights, but the bread-and-butter is the domestic competitions and Musonda is barely getting a look-in. Chelsea are hardly likely to be impressed at the lack of opportunity for the youngster, and, if there is a get-out clause in the 18-month loan, the likelihood is growing that it will be activated.
In other Celtic news, it has been revealed today that the Scottish champions have launched a bid to sign the a brilliant English Championship player who is out of contract this summer.