Moritz Bauer may not have been quite as pleased to see fellow right-back Jeremie Frimpong sparkle on his Celtic debut.
The 18-year-old put in one of the best first displays you’re likely to see from a teenager as Celtic swept past Partick Thistle and into the last four of the Betfred Cup. He was confident in possession, pacey in attack and also solid in defence.
Frimpong signed a four-year deal when he joined from Manchester City earlier in the month, and he’s seen as having a bright future at the club.
But that may not be great news for Bauer who is only currently on loan. The Austrian has looked good in his brief displays so far but the fact that Frimpong is younger and already on our books may make life tough for him.
Celtic are said to hold an option to buy on Bauer for next summer but that could be pretty irrelevant if Frimpong continues his ascent alongside the reliable Hatem Abd Elhamed.
Could Celtic have Bauer, Frimpong and Elhamed?
Neil Lennon may feel that he’d like three suitable right-back options though. None of the trio are likely to be on vast wages and we do play over 60 matches most seasons.
You only have to take a look at the past month, when all three have had gametime, to show that injuries do happen and squad depth can be tested.
Another option for the Northern Irishman may be to move Elhamed into centre-back. The Israel international was said by many to be a more natural central-defender when he joined the club. He’s played most of his football in Glasgow at full-back, and looked really good, but he’s also slotted in to the centre pretty handily on occasion.
But many would argue that he’s been so good at right-back that we shouldn’t move him. It seems a bit daft to disrupt a winning team who are playing so well so why should we do that with Elhamed?
Instead, with this trio, we could have the right-back berth sorted for years to come.