Jeremy Toljan compares Celtic to Borussia Dortmund

By Connor Gordon

February 8, 2019

Celtic and Borussia Dortmund aren’t all that different according to loanee Jeremy Toljan.

The German giants own the right-back but want him to gain experience at the Scottish champions.

He is fitting in well with two games under his belt, experiencing a similar environment to the Bundesliga.

Right-back compares Celtic playing style to BVB

Dortmund are shock leaders of the German Bundesliga – seven points clear of Borussia Monchengladbach and Bayern Munich.

The key to Lucien Favre’s current success is a stable defence and free flowing football.

Lucien Favre is a man in form at the moment (Photo by Maja Hitij/Bongarts/Getty Images)

The Hoops are doing that too, having only conceded one goal at Parkhead since October and the new Bhoys are a breath of fresh air.

Toljan told the Scottish Sun: “We have been doing a good job in defence and we’ve been defending counter-attacks very well.

“If you do well in attack and score a lot, it’s hard for the opponent to score against you.

Jeremy Toljan believes Celtic and Borussia Dortmund aren’t that different. (Photo by Alexandre Simoes/Borussia Dortmund/Getty Images)

“The way we are at Celtic is quite similar to Dortmund. In Germany, we had the ball most of the time and tried to attack and score goals.

“Celtic is the same, so it’s no big deal for me.”

Hoops always linking BVB and Bundesliga

The last Celt to come from Dortmund was Paul Lambert.

The Scotland midfielder was a stalwart and fan favourite for both sides, even winning the Champions League with the Germans.

Former right-back Kevin Großkreutz is also a Celtic fan and has been seen at Parkhead in the past.

Furthermore, some fans of both clubs have strong links with each other.

Oliver Burke experienced the Bundesliga with Red Bull Leipzig. (Photo by Steve Bardens/Getty Images)

In terms of Bundesliga, new Bhoy Oliver Burke got his first big move to Red Bull Leipzig and is now using his early experience at Parkhead.

It’s not always strong with the likes of Teemu Pukki coming directly from Schalke and not having a strong impression.

Dortmund’s Toljan is settling in and is liking the familiar environment.

Fingers crossed his path remains positive and perhaps a permanent deal can be done in the summer.

Right-back is a current problem at Celtic, so it would be good to finally put this to rest.