New Celtic recruit Moritz Bauer has an interesting hobby

By Hamish Carton

August 28, 2019

Celtic fans were probably left a little stunned on Wednesday lunchtime as the club announced the signing of Moritz Bauer – kinda out of nowhere.

The 27-year-old Austrian right-back has joined on a season-long loan from Stoke City, with the Hoops having the option to make the move permanent next summer.

A quick read online suggests that the former Rubin Kazan and Grasshopper man has an interesting tale to tell. The five-time Austria cap has a number of interesting strings to his bow including the ability to play the piano and speak a total of five languages.

However, that all pales into insignificance when you find out that Bauer is a qualified pilot.

Bauer is an interesting guy, he could be good for Celtic

He spoke about his “hobby” in an interview with the Stoke Sentinel shortly after moving to England.

“It was just a hobby,” Bauer explained. “Some years ago I was interested in that, I had some time off and I wanted to be fit in the head.

“I’m a really curious person so I took a private licence with a friend. It was a great experience, but now I’m let’s say I’m 120 per cent focussed on football.

“I use all my free time to work on details and it’s not a priority to fly somewhere over Great Britain!”

(Photo by Dave Howarth – CameraSport via Getty Images)

Celtic fans will certainly be hoping that Bauer can reach some heights while playing in Scotland. The full-back will battle with Hatem Abd Elhamed for the right-back spot while Kristoffer Ajer should be allowed to revert to his favoured central position.

Not a great deal is known about Bauer but big things will still be expected of him given that he has been capped at international level and has also played for some decent sides over the past few years.

Time will tell whether he’ll be thrown into the cauldron of a Glasgow derby this Sunday. He certainly wouldn’t be the first to make his debut in the fixture. Nor the last.