Marvin Compper signed for the club over a year ago, and what a signing he’s been too.
When he signed for the club, that’s what many supporters would’ve been hoping they were saying at this stage.
Instead, the big German has made just one competitive appearance for the Hoops. That came in the 3-0 Scottish Cup win over Greenock Morton almost a year ago.
Since then, only Hoops fans who watched this year’s pre-season friendlies would’ve gotten a glimpse of the former Leipzig centre-back.
Outside of that, he was last seen on German TV doing some punditry work for the Celtic vs Leipzig game at Parkhead. Incredibly, instead of being in and around the squad, he was instead back home with pro-Leipzig journalists.
It’s almost as if Brendan Rodgers has stopped taking questions on when the centre-back will return. Everyone now just assumes that he’s injured, even though he’s come out in the past and claimed that he’s fit.
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The question was asked, but the club dodged it
The issue of Compper was brought up at the club’s AGM last month. When asked by a shareholder as to who signed him and who shoulders responsibility, chairman Ian Bankier replied saying “next question”.
It’s surprising that was never pulled up more by the Hoops fans. It was an absolutely embarrassing answer from a chairman who prefers to make jovial jibes rather than answer key questions. If it’s not random digs at Rangers, it’s ducking and dodging genuine questions from the Celtic supporters.
Since then, there’s been no update on the future of the German. Compper now has 18 months remaining on his contract, and there’s no end to his Celtic hell in sight.
Meanwhile, Celtic are having to fork out thousands on a player who seems to have no real desire to provide a service for the club. Worse than that, the club seem to have no desire to get anything from the player.
Would it really harm Brendan Rodgers or Celtic if a representative came out and just confirmed Compper’s situation? Fans would have plenty of appreciation for the club if they came out and just clarified the situation.
If Rodgers came out and stated that it was his mistake, or if Lee Congerton did the same, at least it wouldn’t look so sneaky.
A year on from this bewildering signing, and still we’ve received no answers as to why it was made. You can expect it to stay that way for another 12 months too.