Celtic defender Moritz Bauer has admitted that he “wasn’t happy” at being left out of the Austrian national team last time around.
Bauer missed the cut for Austria’s previous matches against Poland and Latvia respectively. A call-up this time, however, could see him come up against Celtic team-mates Nir Bitton and Hatem Abd Elhamed of Israel.
Borussia Monchengladbach’s Stefan Lainer appears to have the Austrian right-back spot nailed down. But manager Franco Foda will surely have been keeping tabs on Bauer’s progress.
The right-back will be hoping for a call-up for the upcoming international matches. However, speaking to the Scottish Sun, Bauer spoke about the mixed emotions of missing the last squad.
“You always want to play for your country so I wasn’t happy to be left out, but the time was useful. I watched Austria’s games and if you can’t contribute then it’s good to support them from home.
“We are third in the group just a point behind Slovenia and we still have to play them. So it’s all to play for in a tight group with Israel, Slovenia and Poland.
“But we’re up there and it’s a big target to qualify for the Euros. It was the first time I wasn’t too disappointed not to be called up to the national team because I had a lot of things to do after the move to Celtic, and I was able to use the time.”
Bauer will be looking to add to international success
Bauer already has six caps for his national team. He made his debut for Austria back in 2017, and his last outing came in a 2-1 home win over Germany back in February 2018.
Since then, it’s been a struggle for Bauer. He’s been out-of-favour with Stoke City, and really needed the move to Celtic to kickstart his own career once again.
He’ll be hoping that his swollen ankle injury doesn’t affect his prospects of international selection. Bauer came off at Easter Road struggling. Neil Lennon has also already confirmed that he’s a major doubt for Thursday night’s visit of Cluj (Daily Record).
Celtic then take the trip to Livingston on Sunday. If Bauer’s ankle is still playing up, it wouldn’t be wise to risk him on the astroturf surface either.
So it’s fair to say his international prospects this time around are up in the air. He’s only started two games for Celtic too, but his European exposure will be good for him in the long run.
Austria have yet to announce their squad, with an announcement expected soon. Hopefully, Bauer gets the chance he deserved.