Moritz Bauer has the rare distinction of making his Celtic debut in a game against Rangers at Ibrox.

Just like Zheng Zhi and Scott Bain before him, the Austrian pulled on the Hoops for the first time in a crucial game at the home of our rivals.

Bauer didn’t start our September win in Govan, but he was involved in a big talking moment of the clash – Jordan Jones’ rush of blood red card.

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Jones was red carded for an awful challenge on Bauer

Jones was red carded for an awful challenge on Bauer (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

The Stoke City loan signing was pretty solid on his debut, suggesting that he would go on to become a dependable player for us this season.

But as we prepare to visit Ibrox again, Bauer couldn’t really be further out of the picture.

Bauer never kicked on from Ibrox cameo

The 28-year-old hasn’t been seen since our Scottish Cup win over League 1 Clyde in early February.

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He’s only started one league game this year and hasn’t even made the matchday squad in six of our most recent seven matches.

Why? Well because he’s not quite good enough, is probably the most reasonable answer.

Celtic defender Moritz Bauer

Celtic defender Moritz Bauer (Photo by Giuseppe Maffia/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Bauer has had to play second fiddle to Jeremie Frimpong over the past few months, while Hatem Abd Elhamed’s return from injury looks like another blow to his chances.

Neil Lennon’s decision to start playing a 3-5-2 formation has also rendered Bauer pretty useless as he’s more a full-back than a wing-back.

Given that he’s featured so little as of late, and that we only have a maximum of ten games left this season, it’s possible that we may not see him in the Hoops again.

Bauer in action against Rennes at Celtic Park

Bauer in action against Rennes at Celtic Park (Photo by ANDY BUCHANAN/AFP via Getty Images)

A permanent summer signing, or even loan extension, looks pretty unlikely at this stage.

Things just haven’t worked out with Bauer. It’s neither the player or the club’s fault really.

It’s just one of those things.

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