Celtic defender Moritz Bauer has claimed that he wants to be known for more than long throw-ins.
The loan signing from Stoke City came with a big reputation regarding his throw-in ability. It’s fair to say that Celtic fans caught sight of it at Ibrox too. Supporters watched on as Bauer threw the ball from his own half into the opposition final third.
It’s certainly a unique ability to have. Not since Rory Delap has the UK seen such a long throw-in master. It was impressive from the Austrian. But you can hardly blame him for not wanting to touch on it too much.
As he spoke at his press conference via Celtic TV, Bauer stressed that he’s keen on not being known for just throwing the ball long.
“Everyone made jokes because I’ve come from Stoke and there’s one guy who’s world-famous for his throw with Rory.
“I think we prefer to try and keep the ball on the floor. I would rather focus on a good cross or something. A long ball is always a 50-50, so we try to keep the possession. I add this to the table (the long throw), it’s not the main course.
“I don’t think they (the club) watched all videos of my throw-ins. There are more important things to do these days. But during the international break we spoke (Bauer and Lennon) about it, and yeah we can use it.”
Bauer’s throw-ins is a good alternative to have
In fairness to Bauer, you can’t blame him for not wanting to touch on it too much. He wants to be known as more than just a player with a long throw-in. It seems as though he’s keen to shift any tag that highlights it.
But there is no denying that this is a fantastic option for Neil Lennon to have. Celtic have real height in the attack with Odsonne Edouard and Vakoun Issouf Bayo. When either are on the pitch and Celtic are chasing the game, Bauer’s throw-ins could be essential.
It takes away the struggles of having to build-up to the cross ball. Having Bauer there will make things a lot easier when it comes to putting the opposition under pressure.
But you can also question just how often we’ll see him play. With Hatem Abd Elhamed making a hugely impressive start to his Celtic career, he won’t be giving his spot away for free.
Lennon will, of course, rotate when he sees fit, and that will likely lead to plenty of opportunities for Bauer. He could, for example, easily start at Hamilton on Saturday given the fact Elhamed played twice for Israel over the international break.
But, regardless, he seems keen to make an impact and to shrug off any idea that he’s a one-trick pony.