Defender hoping for new start at Stoke City after Celtic loan spell



Moritz Bauer says he wants to get his career back on track at Stoke City next season.

The 28 year old full back is set to return to City at the end of the campaign after a difficult time on loan at Celtic.

He joined the Glasgow giants on a season-long loan in August  but has only started six league games for them.

Neil Lennon has preferred Jeremie Frimpong leaving Bauer to reflect on losing his place to the 19 year old.

He told the Daily Record he didn’t lose his place through poor form: “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.

“When the new season starts at Stoke, I now have the chance to get people talking again about me with my performances.

“I certainly dream of playing for Austria again.”

Lennon decided to take Bauer on loan rather than the potentially costlier option of signing  him permanently at the start of this season when he still had four years left on his Stoke City contract.

Bauer joined Stoke from Russian club Rubin Kazan in January 2018 for around £5m and signed a new contract with City that summer.





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