Celtic right-back Moritz Bauer’s Parkhead debut on Sunday certainly seen him come away impressed.
The Austrian made just his second appearance for the club on loan from Stoke City last weekend. His debut came against Rangers at the start of the month in our 2-0 Ibrox success. However, he followed that up with a fine showing at Celtic Park vs Kilmarnock, where he notched his first assist for the club.
It all ended on a sour note when he had to come off with an injury. But despite that, the defender still impressed yet again as he continues to show that he’s reliable cover for Hatem Abd Elhamed.
And speaking in the Celtic View this week (Volume 55, Issue 12, Page 20), the loan star couldn’t speak highly enough of Parkhead.
“It’s a great arena and very historic. It felt very special to walk in there and it also felt like an honour. To walk into such a historic place like Celtic Park is great. The stadium looked full and the atmosphere created by the fans was like a 12th man.
“That makes a difference for us as players and I know I felt it myself. When we went 1-0 down it still felt positive and the fans in the stands were very supportive.
“I didn’t feel any negative energy and that helped us a lot. It showed us that they trusted us and believed we would get the job done.”
An arena that continues to wow players
There’s no denying that this Celtic side have the bit between their teeth when they play at Parkhead. So far this season, we’ve won eight out of nine games at our home. The only blip was Cluj.
As well as that run, the Hoops have also bagged 32 goals at Celtic Park since the start of the season. There’s a freedom and enjoyment to the players when they return home.
As for Bauer, it’s hardly a surprise when anyone bigs up Celtic Park anymore. Everyone who comes to play their football at the venue seems to take to it instantly. The likes of Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, and Andres Iniesta have all been praising of Parkhead in the past.
It was also a fine performance from Bauer before his injury setback. It wasn’t just his assist either. The Austrian was composed and controlled on the ball throughout the contest. He didn’t make any key errors, and also looked efficient with his positioning.
There looks to be nothing to worry about there when it comes to whether he’s good enough to be Hatem Abd Elhamed’s back-up.
But it will now be interesting to see if Bauer can actually push the Israeli for a starting place. As it stands, there’s no reason to believe he can’t push on.