Moritz Jenz's stated Celtic dream will go unfulfilled; new destination reported

By John McGinley

January 24, 2023

Celtic defender Moritz Jenz will cancel his season-long loan deal this January after a lack of playing time at the Bhoys, The Daily Record has reported today.

It was previously reported by Sky Sports, amongst others, that Jenz was weighing up his options. But it now appears a decision has been made to call time on his short Celtic career.

He is said to be rejoining Lorient, although German teams are also in the mix for his eventual signature. Gianluca di Marzio reported this afternoon he could well end up at Schalke 04 on a loan-to-buy basis.

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The German defender joined the Bhoys in the summer transfer window and immediately talked about his desire to sign up at Celtic on a permanent basis.

He told 67 Hail Hail back in July: “It would be my dream to stay at Celtic definitely.”

The club held their own option-to-buy on his loan deal from Lorient, but are clearly prioritising other options.

Ange Postecoglou brought Yuki Kobayashi to the Bhoys from Japan this month and has immediately given him starting opportunities against St Mirren and Greenock Morton.

With Carl Starfelt and Cameron Carter-Vickers also established, as well as Stephen Welsh playing a back-up role, it’s really hard to see where Jenz would have fit in for the rest of this season and beyond.

He last started a match back in November, but did feature 19 times in total for the club, primarily when Starfelt was suffering with a hamstring problem.

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