Celtic defender Moritz Bauer has a bit of work to do to convince some fans he is worthy of a regular spot in Neil Lennon’s starting eleven after Saturday’s win over Ross County.
Lennon’s Bhoys emerged as 3-0 victors from the encounter thanks to the influential impact of Odsonne Edouard in the second half.
However, before his double just after the hour mark, it was a bit of a struggle against County, who managed to threaten on multiple occasions in the first half.
If the visitors had taken their chances it could have been a bad afternoon for the Hoops.
Ultimately fans can’t complain too much about a comfortable Scottish Premiership win but it seems that some individuals are not quite living up to expectations.
One player that some supporters felt performed below par was right-back Bauer, who came into the team for the injured Jeremie Frimpong.
The Stoke City loanee has had limited opportunities in a Celtic jersey this season and yesterday was only his eighth start of the season.
Although an energetic presence on the right flank, he doesn’t quite have the on-the-ball skill of Frimpong nor the electric turn of pace.
The good news is that Lennon confirmed yesterday that despite being stretchered off away to Kilmarnock, Frimpong’s injury isn’t thought to be long-term, though he may still be missing from Wednesday night’s encounter against St Johnstone.
These fans will be hoping Frimpong returns as soon as possible, taking to Twitter to share their thoughts on Bauer’s Saturday display…
I think if Frimpong and El Hamed are injured that there must be someone better than Bauer in the development squad. Bauer I don't know how he's employed as a football player, as a guy near me said today 'he should be a hairdresser'!
— tony gordon (@gordon_tony) January 25, 2020
Full back areas were poor today. Hayes passed the ball to Ross County more than his own team and Bauer just isn't very good
— Rachael (@maradoddsy7) January 25, 2020
Drop Forrest, Johnston and Hayes forever and terminate Bauer's loan
— Connor Hynds (@1Conzobhoy) January 25, 2020
Showed why he can't get a game for Stoke, and why he is 3rd choice for us. Not sure what Stoke paid for him but they certainly won't get that back.
— ghosty67 (@ghosty_67) January 25, 2020
Easily the worst player on the park. I’d cancel his loan now.
— Fitzy 🍀 (@Fitzy_072) January 25, 2020
Everything changed when Edouard came on, obviously. Dread to think where we’d be without him.
Also, Bauer is so bad it hurts my eyes.
— Paul (@P__67) January 25, 2020
Bauer is horrific
— Scott (@SDair3) January 25, 2020
Moritz Bauer can speak 6 languages.
Not one of them is football#Celtic
— Jodie William Laird (@jode_thaddeus) January 25, 2020
Edouard the 🐐.
Folk kidding themselves on Hayes (hopeless) is better than Taylor. Break the bank on Benkovic. Send Bauer back.
Liam Boyce to cause chaos tomorrow would be good.
— Cal (@CMcCeltic) January 25, 2020