Moritz Bauer’s future has today been discussed by Michael O’Neill – the manager of his parent club Stoke City.
Bauer has yet to work with the Northern Irishman, who only became the new Stoke boss last month. Instead, the right-back has been spending time on loan at Celtic as he looks to get his career back on track.
A new manager may have been what the Austrian needed in O’Neill. After all, he played only played 16 times for the Championship club last season and had been frozen out heading into this campaign (Transfermarkt).
However, if he was indeed looking for some hope in O’Neill’s appointment, it seems to have been wiped away from him. The Northern Irishman has been talking to local outfit the Stoke Sentinel, and hinted that Bauer doesn’t have a future with the club.
“There are different types of loans. Harry Souttar’s and Verlinden’s loans are very different from Wimmer’s and Bauer’s loans.
“Players on loan from a development point of view we have to watch very closely because we believe they have an awful lot to offer the football club, but players out on loan for other reasons, possibly their future lies away from the club and we have to focus on those we believe have a future at the club.”
Bauer has much to do to convince Celtic to go for him
Bauer has been reliable in his seven Celtic appearances so far. However, there’s no denying that we all would’ve expected a tad more from him. He also would’ve hoped for more game-time than he’s managed to receive.
With both Hatem Abd Elhamed and Jeremie Frimpong ahead of him, it’s been a tame opening few months for him at the club. He’s actually played a small part in some fine wins against the likes of Rangers, Lazio, and even Rennes last Thursday. However, as an individual, his status remains third-choice as he simply hasn’t shown enough.
It’s not outside the realms of possibility that Celtic keep him around to be a third-choice. The issue there is whether Bauer himself would actually want that. Not many players head out on loan to be behind two other players in the same position.
You can be forgiven for feeling a bit of sympathy for the defender. He’s found himself in an extremely unfortunate situation at both Stoke and Celtic. But a positive pre-season could change things for him next season.
Just because O’Neill has hinted that he isn’t the future of the club doesn’t mean he won’t get a chance to impress next term. Cameron Carter-Vickers is only at Stoke on loan, and he’s the one who’s keeping Bauer out of the side just now. When he goes back, Stoke will be in need of a replacement.
Bauer, for now, just needs to focus on playing a part for Celtic in the coming weeks, and leaving as positive an impression on us as he can. He has a big decision to make in the summer, but only by playing good football will he catch the eye of Celtic, O’Neill, and anyone else for that matter.