Former Celtic mystery man Marvin Compper lands gig with historic Russian side

By Euan Davidson

October 27, 2021

Do you remember Celtic defender Marvin Compper? He’s now a high-profile assistant manager at historic Russian club Lokomotiv Moscow.

The big German centre-back, capped by his national team, was brought to Celtic in January 2018 to provide some experience in the Bhoys defence. As it turned out, he only made a single competitive appearance in the Hoops.

Granted, he had a 100% record for Celtic. One game, in the Scottish Cup against Greenock Morton, one win.

He came with ambition [BBC], and sounded right up for contributing to Celtic under Brendan Rodgers. Ultimately, injuries and Rodgers seemingly changing his mind on the defender meant he made almost no impact in Glasgow.

That’s a shame, because he had a genuinely impressive career hitherto his Celtic move. But that’s in the past now. Lokomotiv Moscow headhunted the former Germany international to assist Markus Gisdol in the Russian Premier League [Sun].

Gisdol knows his stuff. The former Hoffenheim and Hamburg manager has Lokomotiv sitting 4th, just 5 points off the top spot [RPL].

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The Parovozy need some improvement in Europe, though, sitting bottom of the Europa League Group E [UEFA]. Albeit, they were handed a nightmare group with Marseille, Galatasaray and Lazio.

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It’s a genuine shame that the name Marvin Compper will be associated with anonymity in Scottish football. It was a signing that made sense, albeit his injury history wasn’t inspiring.

He made nearly 200 Bundesliga appearances, starring for very decent RB Leipzig and Hoffenheim teams [Transfermarkt]. In fact, his Hoffenheim team in 08-09 were “Winter Champions” [Guardian].

Since his Celtic spell and retirement from the game, he’s been an assistant manager at MSV Duisberg, and his ascent to the higher reaches of the European game has been rapid.

Photo by Mario Hommes/DeFodi Images via Getty Images

At Lokomotiv Moscow, he’ll have the opportunity to grow as a coach, in an extremely competitive environment.

Yes, he made no real impression at Celtic. But it’s great to see former players establishing exciting plans after retirement. And, remarkably, he has a league winner’s medal from Scotland to take with him to Russia.

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