Michael Stewart delivers verdict on Moritz Jenz Celtic debut

By Dave Flanigan

August 7, 2022

BBC Sportsound pundit Michael Stewart has offered his thoughts on the debut performance of new Celtic defender Moritz Jenz, after he scored a vital 84th-minute winner for Celtic over Ross County yesterday.

The German came into the starting lineup for the first time in Celtic colours in Stephen Welsh’s absence through illness, and his intervention was a crucial one in helping the champions secure all three points in the Highlands.

Speaking about Jenz on BBC Scottish Football Podcast, Stewart said: “There were a couple of moments where you thought he was getting caught under the ball – it never came to anything, and as the game wore on he looked more and more assured.

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“He looks a similar sort of physique to Jullien, obviously was playing on the left-hand side of the centre rather than the right where Jullien played a lot.

“I think looking at the setup of that backline, he’s a lot more comfortable on the ball than Carl Starfelt, and it’ll be interesting to see what Ange Postecoglou does moving forward, whether the Swede will come back into that defence and partner Cameron Carter-Vickers or whether Jenz will keep that position.

“Stephen Welsh would have played, I think, had he not picked up the injury that the manager spoke about before the game but Jenz has come in, he’s able to get a very important goal to get Celtic back in front and I think his performance improved as the game went on.”

Stewart felt that Celtic manager Ange Postecoglou could be content with his side’s performance, even if Jenz’s late winner had never arrived, as the champions were dominant against the Staggies.

Stewart said: “I don’t think he could’ve been overly critical even if the game finished 1-1, he would’ve been disappointed no doubt, whereas now he’ll be looking at that – 3-1, and there’s a lot for him to be happy about.

 “I thought the intensity was there from Celtic and they kept going right to the end and they’ve got the three points at what is a difficult ground to come to and get that.”

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Although the eventual winner was a long time coming, Celtic dominated much of the game in Dingwall yesterday and could well have been home and dry before Alex Iacovitti’s equaliser for Ross County on the hour.

It was Jota who made the difference for Celtic again, the Portuguese winger producing a hat-trick of assists to mark his second man of the match performance in a row in the Scottish Premiership.

Celtic are next in action at Rugby Park on Sunday when they face Kilmarnock, with the Hoops looking to continue their fine early season form.

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