As reported by The Daily Record, Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers has discussed his first team plans for Chelsea loanee Charly Musonda, with the player finding his game time limited since moving in January.
Musonda has made just three starts and eight appearances in total since making the switch from Stamford Bridge to Celtic Park during the last transfer window, leaving some Hoops fans wondering why he is not being utilised.
However, Brendan Rodgers is relaxed about his situation at the club, believing he has plenty of time to settle in and make an impact on the Hoops first team.
As quoted by The Daily Record, the Celtic boss said:
It’s a different type of loan for Charly compared to when he went to Spain and had to succeed straight away. Here he has 18 months to settle in, find the way of working and realising the pressures of a big club.
But he’s enjoying every minute of it and he knows that over time here that he will get an opportunity to show it in training where he works well and then in the games. It’s just time, that’s all.
He’s absolutely fine. He’s here for the 18 months and by the end of that he knows he is going to be a better player.
It’ll be pleasing for fans to hear he is very much in Rodgers’ plans, but can the player break into a starting eleven with players like Scott Sinclair, Patrick Roberts and James Forrest ahead of him?
Scott Sinclair has been criticised this season for failing to reach the standard he set at the club last term, but he’s still contributed massively to Celtic’s season, scoring 17 goals and assisting 17 times more.
Similarly, James Forrest has shown plenty of end product this term with 16 goals and eight assists.
With 58 direct goal contributions between the two players, it’ll be difficult for Musonda to come and produce on a consistent basis ahead of them, despite his obvious natural ability and the excitement he generates amongst supporters.
Still, he came to Celtic Park to get match action and it’s clear from Rodgers’ words that he will get that in time. As he showed against FC Zenit, he can be a spark in the final third and that’s something that fans can look forward to.