Moritz Bauer is happy playing a support role at Celtic; won't seek January exit

By John McGinley

January 7, 2020

Celtic defender Moritz Bauer isn’t interested in an early exit from his loan deal at the Hoops this month, despite not getting regular game time in Neil Lennon’s team, The Scottish Daily Mail reports (05/01 print edition, page 124).

Signed from Stoke City during the summer transfer window, Bauer has been primarily used in a backup role at the Hoops, with the manager often preferring to utilise Hatem Abd Elhamed or Jeremie Frimpong.

The 27-year-old has only managed to make seven starts, which might not quite be the volume of football he expected when making the switch to Glasgow.

The emergence of Frimpong, in particular, appears to have taken everyone by surprise.

Bauer is unfazed though and answering questions on his future, he was adamant he wants to see out the season at Celtic Park.

As quoted by The Scottish Daily Mail (05/01 print edition, page 124) he said: “I am signed here for the full year and of course I am looking forward to the next part of the season.

“There’s a great atmosphere among all the staff and players and it’s an honour to wear that jersey, even when the results are not so successful.”

The Austrian would even go on to state how happy he is supporting the impressive Frimpong, telling the paper: “Jeremie is outstanding, especially as he is a really young project.

“He too will have times when things are not so easy but everyone has been at that stage of being a young player. At the moment, he is flying and we have to do everything we can to keep him flying as long as possible.”

Celtic defender Moritz Bauer / (Photo by Giuseppe Bellini/Getty Images)

Elhamed’s return could make it more difficult

If not for the emergence of Frimpong, Bauer could have actually been something of a key man this season given Elhamed’s injury problems.

The Israeli international has been out of action for two months, last featuring during the 2-1 win victory away to Lazio.

However, now training again with the first-team squad in Dubai, it seems he is closing in on a return.

That may make it even more difficult for Bauer to make an impact, though it’s encouraging that he appears happy to support his teammates in training and from the sidelines.

He’s a useful player to have around, especially on loan, but how much sense it makes for a permanent move to take place is up for debate.

We don’t need three potentially first-choice right-backs at the club heading into next season.