Defender Moritz Bauer won’t part of Neil Lennon’s Celtic plans next season after saying his goodbyes to the club on Instagram this afternoon.
The player said: “I want to thank the whole Celtic community! I learnt from great staff, played with incredible players and won my first league title but nothing compares to playing at Celtic Park in front of all you supporters. What a lifetime-memory! I wish you all the best for the upcoming season.”
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I want to thank the whole @celticfc community! I learnt from great staff, played with incredible players and won my first league title 🏆 but nothing compares to playing at Celtic Park in front of all you supporters. What a lifetime-memory! 🙏 I wish you all the best for the upcoming season 🍀👊🔟 #celticfc#hailhail
Bauer was a summer 2019 signing for Lennon, arriving on a season-long deal from Stoke City.
His squadmates at the Hoops seemed to have enjoyed his company, with players such as Karamoko Dembele, Mikey Johnston and Mohamed Elyounoussi taking to Instagram this afternoon to wish him well and tell him they’ll miss his company.
No doubt more players will be along shortly to acknowledge his exit.
Signed to compete for a place at right-back with Hatem Abd Elhamed, it was the emergence of youth prospect Jeremie Frimpong that eventually would keep Bauer out of the team for extended chunks of the campaign.
He would manage to make just nine starts for the club, also appearing off the bench on four occasions.
It was announced when he arrived that Celtic had an option to buy the player at the end of his loan spell though clearly the club have decided not to pursue that.
Frimpong will likely be our first-choice right-back heading into the new season with Elhamed, if fit, able to perform a utility role between that position and centre-back.
Bauer had definitely become surplus to requirements but hopefully he finds his feet at a new club soon.
All the best Moritz!