Celtic boss praises profile of new signing Nicolas Kuhn

Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers has praised new signing Nicolas Kuhn and explained how he plans to get the best out of the German winger…

Brendan Rodgers applauds during the UEFA Champions League match between Celtic and Feyenoord at Celtic Park on 13 December, 2023. (Photo by ANDY BUCHANAN/AFP via Getty Images)

Rodgers is very much at front and centre of the deal to bring Kuhn to the club and perhaps that wasn’t the case with many of the summer signings as much of the recruitment work had already been done by the time his re-appointment was confirmed.

And it seems clear that the addition of Kuhn will give Celtic more threat on the flanks than has perhaps been the case so far in this campaign.

The German forward joined the Scottish Champions yesterday on a five-year-deal and a delighted Brendan Rodgers spoke to Celtic TV, with the interview being currently available to subscribers. We’ve had a listen earlier today and here’s some of what the Celtic gaffer has had to say.

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“We are delighted to welcome Nicolas to Celtic. We believe he is a dynamic player who has an excellent level of quality and all the attributes to fit well into our style of play He has the profile we are looking for, he has a real attacking intent, a player with great pace and ideas, the ability to create and score goals and a player with a great energy and work ethic.

“He is someone who can play wide on both sides so he brings with him that versatility for us too, and myself and the coaches here really look forward to working with him,” the Celtic manager said.

“If you look at his actual profile it suits perfectly to how we play, he is a player that is very dynamic, he’s very quick and we feel we can add goals to his game. That is the area he can improve on. He’s very creative. He likes to create and score but we feel we can help him with his numbers.

“He’s had some really good experiences as a young player at some big clubs but he’s now stepping out into his own light. He’s done very well at Rapid and now comes to ourselves and hopefully continue with that development cycle. I am really excited about him. He fits the profile of our team very well and we hope we can develop him over the coming years.”

“For me, he’s mostly a wide player. He is comfortable playing on the left or right. I know he has played as a No10 and striker also, so his pace has always been a massive attribute for him but I see him more as someone who can really attack the sides of the pitch and look to create us goals and score goals at the same time.”

Brendan Rodgers and James Forrest after the Cinch Scottish Premiership match between Celtic and Livingston FC at Celtic Park on 23 December, 2023. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Brendan Rodgers also looked back on the first six months back managing Celtic and reckons that the team will improve in the second half of the season as we approach the business end of the campaign. He discussed injuries as a factor in the autumn period but did point to some outstanding performances, naming the two games where he felt that his side showed its true potential

“We’ve had some other really good performances – Atletico Madrid at home in the Champions League, Aberdeen at home when we were really clinical, but we hope in the second part of the season we can continue to grow and develop the mindset of the players and the team, and look to have a really exciting second part of the season.”

Rodgers looked back on previous Scottish Cup campaigns as he looked forward to facing Highland league side Buckie Thistle and talked about the magic of the cup. The Celtic manager watched footage of the Buckie players celebrating being drawn against Celtic and reckons that this is what it’s all about playing in the Scottish Cup.

While he doesn’t tend to get nervous, Brendan admitted that the nerves got to him ahead of the 2017 Scottish Cup Final against Aberdeen, because he fully understood what was at stake that afternoon when the wonderful Tom Rogic scored one of the most memorable goals in Celtic’s history and in doing so secured a unique piece of history that almost certainly will never be repeated, winning an Invincible Treble.

Brendan’s interview on Celtic TV should be available via the club’s You Tube channel tomorrow.


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Born just as Celtic were stopping the Ten, Lubo98 follows Celtic home and away and helps run his local Celtic Supporters Club. He goes to all the games and is a Law Graduate. Has a particular fondness for Tom Rogic among the current Celts and both Lubo and Henrik form his earliest Celtic memories.

1 Comment

  1. Radio Clyde gave him a bit of what it’s like signing for Celtic when the bright on a so called Austrian sports writer who wonder why Celtic bought such a poor player can’t cross can’t shoot always injured ma’s not even landed in glasgow and you get this shite from a radio station unbelievable welcome to West of Scotland I hope they choke on there words even so that’s nasty