"I'm very proud"; Moritz Jenz confirms Celtic exit in emotional Instagram post

By Lewis Laird

January 25, 2023

Celtic defender Moritz Jenz has confirmed his time at the club has come to an end after recent reports suggested his loan move would be cut short.

The 23-year-old initially joined the Bhoys on a season-long deal from Ligue 1 side Lorient after a difficult season in France.

The move to Parkhead also included an option to buy for the Hoops at the end of the campaign, should Jenz have a successful stay in Glasgow.

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The German made a strong start to life at Celtic, scoring in his first two appearances for the club in Scottish Premiership outings against Ross County and Kilmarnock.

He then went on to make a further 19 appearances for the Bhoys, which included featuring in all six UEFA Champions League group stage matches.

However, after players such as Carl Starfelt and Cameron Carter-Vickers returned from early season injury knocks, the on-loan defender found game time harder to come by.

The signing of Japanese centre-back Yuki Kobayashi saw the German fall even further down the pecking order, and the former Vissel Kobe man went on to play in the last two games.

Jenz’s last appearance for the club would come just before the World Cup break, in a 2-1 win over Ross County at Celtic Park. He has since been made to settle for a place on the bench.

Recent reports have suggested that the defender could soon depart, with another loan move to Bundesliga side Schalke lined up.

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And today, the former Fulham man confirmed his exit from Celtic Park via social media.

Taking to Instagram, the defender posted a video of some of his best pictures/clips from his time at Paradise, with the class caption that stated:

“Dear Celtic family, I’m sad to say that I’m leaving the club after a short time, it’s been for me a fantastic period at the club. I‘m very proud and honoured to have been a part of the Celtic Football Club. Like I said at the beginning of my time it was and it has been a dream.

“The fans of Celtic will always have a special place in my heart, they are kind, honest and passionate. I want to thank everyone that works at Celtic, from the staff to the people taking care of us players in the stadium and in the training ground.

“I’m very lucky to have been part of such a fantastic squad of players, it’s really a TEAM, and a Family Everyone is fighting for each other to make history for this great Club, and I‘m gonna miss them so much!

“A massive thank you to Mr Postecoglou for giving me the opportunity to play for this fantastic club. It has been an honour to work with him and his team.

“Well, I guess I have to cut it short now 🙂

“Here we go again, I am on the road again.

“Hopefully, one day, I can come back to see Paradise 🍀❤️”

WARSAW, POLAND – 2022/09/14: Moritz Jenz of Celtic FC seen after the UEFA Champions League Group Stage match between FC Shakhtar Donetsk and Celtic FC at Marshal Jozef Pilsudski Legia Warsaw Municipal Stadium. Final score; FC Shakhtar Donetsk 1:1 Celtic FC. (Photo by Mikolaj Barbanell/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)

Moritz Jenz exit the best move for all parties.

It may be cliche, but what has been clear to see from Mortiz Jenz, from the moment he stepped through the doors at Paradise, was that he ‘got it’.

He understood what it meant to play for Celtic and what this club represented.

Unfortunately, for the defender, his time at the Hoops has come to an end after his loan move was cut short, and it is a shame to see it end that way.

He played his part in the Bhoys’ strong start to the campaign, helping to fill a gap at the centre of defence during a crucial period.

Although it is sad to see his stay cut short so early, at the same time, it is the best move for all parties.

He can now go in search of first-team football again. Whilst Celtic also still have plenty of options at the centre of defence.

We wish him all the best of luck on his next venture, which looks set to take place in the German Bundesliga!

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