Celtic fans react as Moritz Bauer fails to impress vs St Johnstone

By David Walton

January 30, 2020

Moritz Bauer’s display against St Johnstone left a lot to be desired after coming on as a second-half substitute.

There wasn’t much to be displeased about last night. Our 3-0 success saw Celtic race out of the traps and end the game as a contest before Saints could even lay a glove on us. However, that’s not to say the display was flawless.

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

Celtic simply didn’t turn up for the second half and started getting sloppy on the ball. Not many were like that more than Bauer, who just couldn’t get anything right on the night. In a rare substitute appearance, he lost possession far too often whilst Greg Taylor down the other side was full of energy and bagged an assist.

It appears that some in our support have seen enough of Bauer unfortunately. Reacting to his display on Twitter, here’s what they had to say:

Bauer deserves some leeway

Bauer certainly hasn’t been an impressive summer-signing. He’ll most likely head back to Stoke City come the end of the season having failed to have made much of an impact here, but going over the top with stick is unfair.

Remember, the Austrian hasn’t actually played much football at Parkhead during his loan stint. If you take away his last two games against St Johnstone and Ross County, he’s actually only played in two of our last 12 league matches. We’re omitting the two-minute cameo he made at Rugby Park too (Transfermarkt).

He also came on last night at a period in the game where just about everyone decided to drop their form. Sure, he could’ve done with making a more positive impact and doing better with his ball-retention, but he can’t be slaughtered for last night.

Stoke City loanee Moritz Bauer (Malcolm Couzens/Getty Images)

Bauer is third-choice for a reason, but he’s not the worst footballer in the world. When necessary, he’s still a player who can be used as cover when Hatem Elhamed and Jeremie Frimpong are sidelined.

He’s not explosive, and won’t charge down the right flank with lightning-quick pace. What he did have when he signed, however, was a composure on the ball. He looks a player bereft of confidence these days, and it’s unfair to get stuck into him too much.

Hopefully, he manages to shrug off his poor form and starts to become a more reliable back-up player. But for some, it’s clear they’ve seen enough.