Celtic defender Moritz Bauer has claimed that he’s delighted with how his Parkhead debut went.
The right-back was revealed by Neil Lennon to have twisted his ankle in the second-half of the 3-1 win against Kilmarnock (Celtic FC Twitter). But he also managed to bag an assist for Odsonne Edouard’s second goal before he came off for Hatem Abd Elhamed.
It was Bauer’s first-ever experience playing at Parkhead. His only appearance previous to today was in the 2-0 win at Ibrox against Rangers as a substitute. Bauer impressed in that fixture with his composure, and did so once again today.
Speaking to Celtic TV post-match, Bauer was clearly delighted with how it all played out.
“Yeah I loved it. Obviously I would’ve preferred a clean sheet, but I think we showed great character to come back after half-time. We showed great character to turn the game over. I’m very happy to be part of that team today.
“We were not clinical enough. Sometimes we missed the final shot or missed the final pass. But we corrected that in the second-half.
“We were very happy to keep the three points here.”
A reliable deputy to Elhamed in Bauer
Bauer perhaps wouldn’t like the tag, but he’s proving to be a fine back-up to Elhamed. He’ll have his sights set on more than that, but right now it’s the Israeli’s jersey to lose.
What Celtic fans did find out today that we didn’t know about Bauer was his crossing ability. He set up several promising openings with his deliveries from the right. Considering his lack of opportunity when it came to attacking at Ibrox, it was good to see that side of him today.
It all ended in disappointing fashion when he had to come off injured of course. He wasn’t asked about it in his post-match interview on Celtic TV. He also didn’t touch on it either in any of his comments. Hopefully, therefore, it isn’t as bad as first feared.
Wednesday night against Partick Thistle will likely see Elhamed take his spot back once again. If Bauer is indeed in any pain whatsoever, it makes perfect sense to make the call to leave him out.
As it stands, outside of Bauer and Elhamed, we have no cover at right-back. Jeremie Frimpong is available, but he’s clearly seen as one for the future. Therefore, not taking any risks would be wise against Partick Thistle. You would still expect us to win that one comfortably.
Still, today can be viewed as a positive for Bauer. Hopefully, we see a lot more of him as the season progresses.