Leipzig coach Andreas Hinkel talks up "really special" memories of Celtic beating rivals
Former Celtic defender Andreas Hinkel has been discussing his “really special” memories of beating Rangers back in his Parkhead days.
Hinkel played in 13 Glasgow derby matches during his time in Scotland. As you would expect, there were plenty of mixed experiences as Andreas tasted the highs and lows of the fixture during his time at Parkhead between 2008 and 2011.
And as the RB Leipzig coach prepares to tackle Rangers in the Europa League tonight, he’s been talking up 2 particular derby matches against them that stick out in his mind. ESPN commentator Derek Rae published the player’s comments on Twitter:
Hinkel managed to win both the Scottish Premier League and the League Cup during his 3 years at Parkhead. He was most notably a part of Gordon Strachan’s side that secured the memorable 2007/08 league triumph at Tannadice.
Since retiring, the German has had plenty of coaching experience with 6 years working at Stuttgart before becoming the assistant manager of Spartak Moscow under Domenico Tedesco.
When Tedesco moved to Leipzig in 2021, Hinkel followed him back to Germany. Evidently, the former Celtic man is on a promising coaching path.
Former Celtic coach Andreas Hinkel making an impression in Germany
Impressively, Leipzig sit 4th in the Bundesliga and are just one point behind Bayer Leverkusen in 3rd. The prospect of facing off against Rangers in the Europa League semi-finals isn’t something that will faze them.
Hinkel will certainly have plenty of pro-Celtic backing heading into tonight’s game in Germany. However, it’s impressive to see just how much coaching experience he’s accumulated since leaving Celtic.
It will be interesting to see if Hinkel ever takes the plunge and looks to become a manager. Outside of some interim experience with Stuttgart, he’s yet to be a number one anywhere.
Regardless, he’s remembered fondly for his time at Celtic even if it wasn’t the most successful after 2008. Hinkel’s only regret will surely be a failure to win more trophies. But this is a player that caused absolutely no issues for the manager or his teammates and always gave 100% for the club.
It would certainly be nice to see him secure a victory over our rivals tonight. Not least because it would drain their momentum heading into Sunday’s Glasgow derby.
Hinkel will certainly have plenty of pro-Celtic backing. And given how fondly he seems to reflect on his Parkhead days, he’ll deserve it too.