Moritz Bauer hasn't been able to catch a break since leaving Celtic
Former Celtic defenderMoritz Bauer hasn’t been able to catch a break since leaving Parkhead in the summer as his loan deal from Stoke came to an end.
Bauer was signed by Neil Lennon on a season-long loan last year, but it wasn’t long before it was clear he wasn’t quite at the level required. The Austrian international would only go on to make 13 appearances for the club – albeit managing three assists (Transfermarkt).
But since then it’s unfortunately gone down hill for him since heading back to Stoke. The Stoke Sentinel reports that the right-back hasn’t been training with the Championship club’s first-team, and that he’s not a part of manager Michael O’Neill’s plans.
In addition to that, the newspaper claims that Bauer was the subject of late interest from Luzern yesterday. But in the end the Swiss side didn’t move for him as their transfer window slammed shut..
The Stoke Sentinel says Bauer is on his own training programme, and that it was hoped a club elsewhere would’ve come in for him. However, the international transfer window ended last week, with not a single club making an approach for the defender.
Bauer could still have options
It’s a shame to see Bauer struggle to find an alternative club given the way his loan spell here panned out. He was by no means the worst player in the squad, but the emergence of Jeremie Frimpong out of nowhere ended any chances he had of getting regular game-time.
Given this happened just a couple of months or so after he signed, there was nothing that could’ve been done. Bauer found himself in the same situation at Parkhead as he was in at Stoke – benched.
However, that’s not to say he’s going to have another season of rotting away on the sidelines. The domestic window in England is open until October 17th, meaning he could move to another English club and bag himself a fresh start.
There are other options too. The window is also open in Russia until the same date – a place Bauer excelled in previously with Rubin Kazan. Transfer windows in the likes of Croatia and United States are also still running – so there’s still time for the Austrian to work something out.
Bauer was always a fine worker at Parkhead, and a decent crosser of the ball too. His part in the nine-in-a-row surge may have been minimal, but he still fully merited his winners’ medal and can be proud of being part of such a successful squad.
Hopefully, he can bag a late move and get his career going again. He deserves more than to be training on his own.