New Celtic right-back Moritz Bauer says he has been approached by many Celtic fans since the victory over Rangers – for two reasons.
The 27-year-old, who made his debut as a substitute at Ibrox, says supporters have come to congratulate him on the win, but also to check he was allright.
The Austrian was the target of an awful Jordan Jones tackle that saw the Rangers man sent off late in the game. But apart from that regrettable incident, he says his debut went just as he had hoped.
“It really couldn’t have been any better,” Bauer told the Scottish Sun.
“The atmosphere, the performance and the result.
“As footballers say, there are no easy games, but that was something special.
“I’ve had many people coming up to me and congratulating me on the derby victory and telling me how much the win means to the fans.
“But they have also been coming up and asking if I’m alright too because they were worried, as you couldn’t have a worse start than suffering a bad injury on your debut.”
Bauer looks like he will be a favourite with the Celtic fans
Not a great deal is known yet about Bauer as we’ve only seen him in the Hoops for around half an hour. Yet you do get the impression that he’s not going to be overawed by playing for a club the size of Celtic.
The way he speaks in press tells you that he knows what he’s got himself in for by coming north of the border. His attitude seems spot on and as if he knows exactly what will be expected of him at such a massive club.
It will be interesting to see if he’s given the nod against Hamilton on Saturday. Hatem Abd Elhamed probably has the right-back jersey at present but he was in international action with Israel over the past week so may not be totally fresh.
With Rennes to come in just over a week, it may make sense for Bauer to play on Saturday. Watch this space.