Dodged a bullet – latest blow for Stoke City defender at Celtic



Moritz Bauer’s prospects at Celtic have taken yet another little kicking.

His loan spell at Parkhead has been far from a success, to say the least, and he is destined to return to Stoke at the end of it.

Now former Leeds and Aberdeen striker Noel Whelan has chipped in by effectively saying Celtic boss Neil Lennon has dodged a bullet after wisely not signing Bauer permanently when he had the chance at the start of the season.

Lennon preferred to hedge his bets on a player whose wages would also have been a huge stumbling block at the time with another three years left on his Stoke contract back then.

Speaking to Football Insider, Whelan says: “Sometimes it doesn’t work for a player and that’s why you loan them first, to find out if they fit the bill, if they can produce the goods and if they settle into life.

“This is just why people don’t want to put loads of money on the table and get a player off the back of what they’ve done at other clubs. You’re not spending a great deal of money to find out if the player’s good enough to play at the football club.

“It’s not the right fit for Neil, it’s not the right fit for Celtic, it seems to me the player will not be going back there and playing his football.

“You’ve tried, it’s not right for either, they won’t be going back in, that’s for sure, so Neil’s found out about a player whose, sometimes, reputation precedes him.”

Bauer has started just six league games since joining Celtic at the end of August and hasn’t been on the pitch since a cup tie at Clyde on February 9.

He will return to Stoke with another two years left on his contract in the Potteries and manager Michael O’Neill is widely expected to ask the club to seek another loan move if he cannot be sold.





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