Celtic loan man Moritz Bauer’s future looks uncertain after Stoke City boss Michael O’Neill hinted his time in with the Championship club was up.
Bauer arrived in Glasgow last summer as one of Neil Lennon’s first signings as permanent manager. The right-back started well with a positive cameo in the 2-0 win at Ibrox in September. However, fast forward almost seven months and Bauer has only made a further 12 appearances since then (Transfermarkt).
He’s currently behind Hatem Abd Elhamed and Jeremie Frimpong in the right-back pecking order. With Celtic often going with a 3-5-2 formation, this has also limited his opportunities further given James Forrest’s ownership of the right wing-back role.
And it appears as though Bauer’s future at Stoke, unfortunately, doesn’t look too bright either. Speaking in comments published by the Stoke Sentinel, manager O’Neill said the following:
“We want to go into the new season with a really focused and hungry group of players. Not a group of players that are still technically Stoke City players, but ultimately aren’t at the club and not contributing to what we are trying to build here.
“There’s not enough hours in the day for me to focus on players that aren’t at the club, trust me, and trying to get the club away from the situation we are in.
“We have six or seven players out on loan that may still come back in the summer, but you have to focus on the players that are here and where we believe we will have to strengthen going forward and the existing contract situations of the players at the club.”
Bauer’s future could lie elsewhere
It would be a shame if Bauer was to head back to Stoke and not be given a chance. After all, it could be the case that the Potters are playing in League One next season. They’re only three points clear of the Championship relegation zone as things stand.
Bauer is more than good enough to compete at that level. Just because he hasn’t managed to force his way into being a first-choice pick at Parkhead, that doesn’t mean he can’t bounce back with Stoke.
The right-back’s contract at Parkhead is up at the end of the season. Any chance of him winning a permanent one in Glasgow look extremely slim. After all, he’s only played a full 90 minutes in one of our last 13 league games (Transfermarkt).
In fairness to the Austrian, he’s acknowledged in the past that his move to Parkhead hasn’t worked out how he would’ve liked (Scottish Sun). But what he has shown at Parkhead is a terrific attitude, and has certainly given his all on the occasions he’s played.
It remains to be seen where he heads off to in the summer, but the two clubs he’s currently contracted to don’t look like extending his deal anytime soon.
Where do you think Moritz Bauer’s future will take him? Would you keep him at Parkhead if given the chance? How would you sum up his loan spell so far? Let us know in the discussion forum below.