Celtic’s 9-in-a-Row’s Bit Part Bhoys: Moritz Bauer

WITH Celtic winning 9IAR last week, supporters were are now able to take stock of the last nine years from a personal point of view as well as from a footballing perspective. Celtic became Champions of Scotland after a blistering win at Rugby Park back in 2012 and since then, no team has been near the Premiership trophy that has been kept safely in the Celtic trophy room.

This series looks at a few forgotten names in the 9IAR winning teams and how their career transpired following their time with Celtic.

The 2018/19 season had Youssouf Mulumbu and the 2019/20 season has Moritz Bauer as our bit part Bhoy.

Moritz Bauer was signed in August 2019 from Stoke City on a season-long loan deal from the Championship side with any option to buy. Bauer was brought in as cover for Hatem Abd Elhamed as the club also signed youngster Jeremie Frimpong from Manchester City.

Bauer made his debut at Ibrox as a second half substitution and was hacked down by Jordan Jones as Celtic won the game 2-0. Lennon preferred Elhamed and Bauer seemed to be content with a bit-part role, usually starting on the bench.

Although the emergence of Jeremie Frimpong as a starter with Elhamed out injured meant that Bauer was essentially third-choice right-back at the club. The manager tried to give Bauer some games to keep him sweet, whilst rotating his side. Bauer played a couple of Europa League games and showed himself to be a competent right back that gave his all but Elhamed and Frimpong both appeared to be more suited to Celtic’s style of play.

In total, Bauer made 13 appearances for Celtic, with 9 of those coming in the league. Despite being a bit-part player, he was another player that contributed to Celtic’s 9IAR win.

Last month, the Austrian fullback admitted that even if he didn’t play as much as he would have liked to, he didn’t regret the move to Celtic.

“I don’t want the season to end. It was an exciting experience for me at Celtic, even if it went bitterly for me.

“Losing my place wasn’t down to my performances. I’m 28, only on loan from Stoke and relatively expensive.

“I understand what happened because Celtic are building the experience of a younger player.”

Since joining Celtic, Stoke appointed Michael O’Neill as manager meaning that Bauer will have the chance to impress the new manager when the new season eventually starts again.


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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.

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