Marvin Compper’s influence at Celtic would appear minimal at face value, but reserve star Stephen Welsh doesn’t see it that way.
If anyone knows what Compper is bringing to the table it’s the young Scottish centre-back. He’s played alongside the former Leipzig man on a host of occasions in this season’s reserve league.
Of course, Compper has done next to nothing in the first team. So far, he’s made just one first-team appearance back in January 2018. That came in a routine Scottish Cup clash against Morton, but he’s been given no more outings since.
Interim boss Neil Lennon did open up on the idea of playing him between his arrival and the end of the season. But that hardly appears likely either. And, speaking to the Celtic View (Volume 54, Issue 38, Pages 34 and 35), Welsh was happy to sing the praises of Compper and the other senior pros working with the reserves.
“It’s been great playing alongside the likes of Marvin Compper. I’ve played next to him for six or seven games in a row and it’s been a good partnership.
“He’s played at a really high level in the Bundesliga, so there’s a lot I can learn from him. Any experience you get from playing alongside players like that is a bonus.
“All the first-team players who come into the team give us advice and talk us through the game.”
At least someone is getting some value from him
Finally some positive words on Compper from those within Parkhead. It’s clear that his experience is invaluable for youth defenders such as Welsh to touch upon. And it’s good to see at least some in the club are getting some value from him.
Compper’s contract still has another year to run after this term. He signed on a two-and-a-half year contract back in January 2018, so he does still have another pre-season ahead of him. It pretty much feels like there’s no chance of him doing anything here, but stranger things have happened.
It would’ve been good to see what he had to offer after Lennon’s admission about game-time. But has there truly been a convenient chance for us to get a look at him? After all, every game under the Northern Irishman has felt like a big one – why risk using a defender who hasn’t played at senior level in nearly a year-and-a-half?
There’s still time of course. Compper could easily get a run-out after the league is won. But behind the starting XI, there are still the likes of Filip Benkovic and perhaps even the likes of young Welsh himself who could be eyeing a chance to mix with the senior players.
Regardless, we can all at least be safe in the knowledge that the reserves are benefitting from the likes of Compper, even if the senior side isn’t.