It appears Moritz Bauer is coming to the rescue of Celtic especially when it comes to Europe.
The Stoke City loanee is arguably third choice in the pecking order domestically. However, due to an injury to Hatem Abd Elhamed, Bauer is shuffling up the pack to be a starter.
The Hoops can never seem to get stability at the right-back area, but now do they have it?
Mortiz Bauer can give Celtic career shot in the arm
The 27-year-old hasn’t had a fair crack of the whip to be fair to him.
Bauer is finding it hard to get game time with Elhamed and now Jeremie Frimpong in front of him. Nobody could have predicted the youngster’s early prominence in the first team. This is leading some to believe the temporary signing of Bauer to be a waste of time and space.
Fortunately for him, Frimpong isn’t registered for Europe which has allowed him more game time.
Elhamed’s injury last Thursday at Lazio will see Bauer play against Rennes in the penultimate match day. He was a much needed late sub in Rome as the Hoops continued to hold before firing the winner.
Now with Elhamed out of the picture, temporarily, Bauer can prove to the management team and fans what he’s made of. However, it’s just unfortunate for him that there is an international break in his road.
Who will Neil Lennon go with against Rangers?
The Irishman has a season defining decision to make in the right-back department for the League Cup final. Elhamed’s probable absence arguably increases the headache more than anything for Lennon.
Does he go with the inexperienced Frimpong, who is proving to be a gem so far, or does he stick with experience in Bauer despite the lesser game time?
Both Frimpong and Bauer know that when it comes to the big games, Elhamed is key. However, this is their chance to challenge the Israeli international and prove they should be there.
Frimpong is currently winning the battle, but if Bauer fits in with the Celtic heroic in Europe narrative then he is definitely going to push him to the end.