Marvin Compper’s career was likely at it’s lowest at Celtic, but he can’t be blamed for how things went.
First off, it was easy to dislike him. Not because of the man he is or how he conducted himself. Mainly, it was just down to the fact we had splashed out £1million (BBC) on him and had hardly seen him.
Compper managed just one appearance at Celtic in his 18-month spell in Glasgow. He was yet another golden buy from former boss Brendan Rodgers, and his move to Duisburg doesn’t come as much of a surprise.
We’ve all seen the comments from the big German yesterday, however. He spoke in the Daily Record about how his situation unfolded at Parkhead. Compper explained that he was told early on he wasn’t in the plans at Celtic. Despite that, he was still doing his best to pass on his experience to the youngsters at the club.
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It’s important that he isn’t vilified by the Celtic support for his period here either. After all, there was hardly much the big German could do about being out-of-favour or sidelined through injury.
At the same time, there was never a flicker of anger from Compper. Never any reports of him having a moan with the manager. Never a training session missed as far as we’re all aware.
Compper was even turning out for the reserves mid-way through the season. He gave it all he could, and never seemed to complain about his position in the development squad. It still takes some real humility for an experienced pro like Compper to rock up at places like Lesser Hampden and give it his all.
Celtic fans have never really shown disdain for the player himself. After all, why would we? It’s the club and Rodgers who deserve criticised for bringing in the big German. It’s a stain on Rodgers’ recruitment record.
Compper clearly departs Celtic having had some positive friendships and good relations. He stated in his comments that he’s still keeping a subscription for Celtic TV, so it’s clear he left on decent terms with the club.
Hopefully, his move to Duisburg turns out to be a success. If anyone deserves a bit of luck in football it’s the centre-back. He doesn’t leave Parkhead anything like a hero, but he certainly shouldn’t leave as some sort of pantomime villain either.