On-loan Celtic defender Moritz Bauer is now focused on his career resuming at Stoke City, The Scottish Sun report.

The 28-year-old joined Neil Lennon’s Bhoys on a temporary basis during the summer transfer window last year, with the intention of getting regular first-team action after the departure of Mikael Lustig.

Unfortunately for the Austrian, the emergence of teenage star Jeremie Frimpong put paid to that.

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Bauer would make just nine starts for the club before the suspension of the season.

He’s now been reflecting on his time in Glasgow, indicating he won’t be wearing Celtic colours next season despite the club having an option to buy.

As quoted by The Scottish Sun, he said: “I don’t want the season to end. It was an exciting experience for me at Celtic, even if it went bitterly for me.

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“Losing my place wasn’t down to my performances. I’m 28, only on loan from Stoke and relatively expensive. I understand what happened because Celtic are building the experience of a younger player.

“When the new season starts at Stoke, I now have the chance to get people talking again about me with my performances.

“I certainly dream of playing for Austria again.”

Celtic defender Moritz Bauer

Celtic defender Moritz Bauer / (Photo by Giuseppe Maffia/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Never the right fit

Bauer has plenty of work to do to make it back into the plans of the Austrian national team having last played for his country back in June of 2018.

Still, he was never going to get back to that level at Celtic the way things were going so it’s probably best for all parties that he returns to England.

Although he would hardly go down as a disaster signing, certainly given the fact we didn’t pay a permanent fee for him, Bauer just never seemed like the perfect fit on that right flank.

Frimpong has improving to do himself but at least has exciting potential and explosive attacking intent.

Backed by Hatem Abd Elhamed, we’re fairly well-served in the position without Bauer.

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