Celtic defender Greg Taylor has revealed that Moritz Bauer was the surprising winner of the club’s Dubai bleep test.
The test is designed to test athlete’s conditioning and stamina, with the players having to run from one line to another before a timed bleep.
Bauer hasn’t had much go right for him in the first half of the season. He was given nine opportunities to shine, but was quickly overtaken in the pecking order by Jeremie Frimpong (Transfermarkt). Had Hatem Abd Elhamed been fit, he probably would’ve been even lower in the ranks with fewer appearances.
But it appears he did manage a surprise mini-victory in Dubai with his bleep test win. Speaking in the Celtic View (Volume 55, Issue 25, Page 24), Taylor revealed the Austrian’s success.
“Moritz Bauer won the bleep test but there were a few of us close behind him. He ran well and then with the speed test Jeremie won with Lewis (Morgan) second and Kris (Ajer) third.
“Something I’ve noticed since coming to the group is how interested and engaged the players are with the data the sports science coaches collect. At my previous club we still had all the sports science stuff, but the players weren’t really too focused on it.
“Here, though, there’s competition everywhere between the players and they’ll look at the data to see who has hit the top speed and who’s ran the farthest. That focus is great because it only brings out more in you and it encourages everyone to push that bit harder.”
Bauer’s success likely won’t lead to more game-time
The test itself isn’t designed to help Neil Lennon pick his team for matchday squads. What it effectively tells him is where each player is at stamina-wise. Therefore, don’t expect Bauer to start earning a place in the team all of a sudden.
It also comes as no surprise that Frimpong managed to win the speed test. It’s interesting to see that James Forrest didn’t make the top three despite his electric pace.
As for Taylor, it appears as though he’s enjoyed his first trip with the squad to Dubai. Being involved in the sports science findings could seriously help him break into the team. Finding out deficiencies and improving on them is what Lennon will want his players to be doing consistently.
He’s another who’ll be wanting more minutes after a slow start to his Celtic career. It remains to be seen if Boli Bolingoli’s poor form will see him dropped, or whether Lenny feels that this can be a fresh start for the Belgian.
In any case, the right-back position is a lot more predictable than the left-back one. Frimpong and Elhamed will be battling it out from now until the end of the season when the Israeli returns. It remains to be seen what Lennon does with Stoke loanee Bauer, who continues to be third-choice.
All eyes will be on whether Taylor can dethrone Bolingoli from his position down the other side however. It’s one of the many intriguing subplots heading into the weekend clash at Partick Thistle.