Report: Moritz Jenz could make Celtic exit this month

By John McGinley

January 20, 2023

Celtic defender Moritz Jenz is currently weighing up his options and could make an exit from the Bhoys this month, Sky Sports journalist Anthony Joseph has reported tonight.

Jenz is on a season-long loan from French club Lorient, with Celtic holding an option to buy. He has also gone on the record with his hopes of a permanent deal in Glasgow.

However, Joseph reports that German clubs are showing interest in the centre-back and that he could end up leaving before the end of the transfer window.

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That would suggest that Celtic have alternative plans in the position moving forward, perhaps hastened by the arrival of Japanese talent Yuki Kobayashi.

Kobayashi joined the club this month and impressed on his debut at home to St Mirren mid-week, suggesting he has a prominent role to play in the second half of the season.

We also know Ange Postecoglou enjoys the pairing of Cameron Carter-Vickers and Carl Starfelt in the defensive line, opting for them when all available options have been fit and ready.

Celtic also have Stephen Welsh available, though his own future at the Bhoys seems uncertain. It would be surprising if both Jenz and Welsh left in the same transfer window.

Jenz has made 19 appearances in total for Celtic this season and his performances have largely been commended by supporters.

However, he hasn’t started a match since before the World Cup break back in November, so it’s understandable why he might seek more regular football elsewhere.

Celtic will look to make sure they have the personnel available to make a push for trophies before the end of May.

However, it seems the Bhoys’ relationship with Jenz may end up having been short and sweet. If that’s the case, Celtic could be in the market for a new defender this summer.

In other news, Report: Celtic plan medical; confidence high on Hyeon-Gyu Oh.