New Celtic recruit Moritz Bauer has revealed that he spoke to Rory Delap about his throw-ins while at Stoke City.
The Austrian, who is in Glasgow on loan from the Potters, shares the former Irish international’s trait of being able to launch the ball for miles. That much was evident from his first cameo in a Celtic shirt, and even his very first contribution.
Just after Bauer came on for the injured Nir Bitton at Ibrox, he launched the ball from his own half over the top of the Gers defence with the uncertainty winning Celtic a corner.
Bauer opened up on the terrific weapon on Tuesday afternoon to press, and he revealed it’s more about the timing than raw power.
“Of course, at Stoke City we had the world-famous Rory Delap,” he told the Scottish Sun.
“I spoke to him, but even he said that throw-ins are a difficult skill to teach and it’s more about the technique and timing.
“It’s a bit like golf, where it’s more about the technique than the power.
“We added it to my game. As a right-back you have many throw-ins because you are often on the line.
“When you are under pressure you can throw the ball in the other half — but I joked it’s maybe the strong Scottish wind that made it fly so far!”
Bauer can help Celtic with his massive throw-ins
Bauer’s throw-ins have become a little bit of a laugh and joke since the Ibrox victory. That’s just because they are so strange to see. Celtic haven’t really had a long-throw in expert since Adam Matthews and even the Welshman’s efforts pale into insignificance when compared to Bauer.
But the truth is that they could add a lot to Celtic’s play. Firstly, on an attacking sense we now have another opportunity to load the box. The likes of Christopher Jullien, Kristoffer Ajer and Nir Bitton are all above 6ft so it would make sense to pile them forward if we’re in search of a goal.
Also, the lesser spoken about advantage is getting yourself out of trouble. Opposition teams aren’t able to pen you in nearly as easily when you’ve got a giant throw to get you up the pitch. That much was evident from the victory over Rangers.
It will be interesting to see how much of a role Bauer’s throw-ins play this season.