Celtic manager Neil Lennon misses out Moritz Bauer when discussing loan players

By David Walton

March 16, 2020

Moritz Bauer’s status at Parkhead doesn’t look great after Neil Lennon failed to mention him when talking about his loan players.

Speaking in the Scottish Sun yesterday, the Celtic manager confirmed that discussions will need to be had with Southampton regarding Fraser Forster and Mohamed Elyounoussi.

This is due to the fact that football has currently shut down in Britain, leaving the status of loan players up for debate.

Fraser Forster celebrates a Celtic trophy win (Michael Steele/Getty Images)

Bauer hasn’t played for Celtic since the 3-0 win at Clyde back in February. However, this is everything Lennon said when discussing loan players:

“It has thrown up all sorts of interesting quirks and questions. It’s thrown up all sorts of interesting quirks and questions.

“It’s hypothetical at the minute but it’s another thing I will now have to think about. There may be a conversation with Southampton on that. We don’t know how long this is going to go on for. It’s an indefinite period.”

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Bauer has made next to no impact during his time at Parkhead. Despite a promising start in Scotland and getting into the first-team for crucial games against Hibernian and Livingston respectively, he’s barely seen game-time since.

Overall this season, the Austrian has only featured on 13 occasions, with only nine starts to is name (Transfermarkt). With Hatem Elhamed and Jeremie Frimpong ahead of him, however, you have to wonder whether he’s needed.

With so many question marks over the future of loan players, Bauer has still barely been given a mention. Nobody from Celtic has publicly commented on him, whilst the supporters haven’t shown much concern either.

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

It will be interesting to see whether we reach a case of having to extend loan players contracts over another few months. It feels highly doubtful that Celtic would bother doing so with Bauer.

However, the right-back has provided some decent cover for us over the course of the season. The player himself, meanwhile, labeled his year at Parkhead as “not satisfactory” (Scottish Sun).

So much emphasis will be put on the importance of tying down Forster and Elyounoussi until the end of the campaign. But the lack of care regarding Bauer doesn’t look great for his own future here.