The injury suffered by Jeremie Frimpong at the end of Celtic’s 3-1 win over Kilmarnock on Wednesday night was an unexpected blow for the Hoops.
The sight of the player, who has been excellent for the side since making his first-team debut against Partick Thistle, being stretchered off the park was sad to see.
However, Frimpong’s misfortune could have a positive effect for the man who replaced in the Hoops side at the end of the Kilmarnock game, Moritz Bauer.
Bauer has not featured that often for the Hoops this season, after signing a season long loan move – with an option to buy – from Stoke City in August.
Not featured that often for the Hoops this season
However, the injury to Frimpong has changed things. We don’t yet know how severe the player’s injury is, but you imagine that Bauer will start the game against Ross County on Saturday.
With Hatem Abd Elhamed also injured, Bauer is currently Celtic’s only natural fit right-back. Should he get a run of games in the team, he might well find himself with a permanent deal at Celtic Park.
That might well depend on if Celtic decide to sign another right-back in the January window, and how serious Frimpong’s injury is.
However, Bauer looks to have a clear run in front of him to make the right-back position his own, at least in the short term.
It will be up to the player to make sure that he plays well enough to impress Neil Lennon enough to offer him a contract at the end of the season.
Bauer may have expected to feature more often for the Hoops this season, but the emergence of Frimpong has put paid to that. However, now he has the chance to show what he can do.