After spending the summer alternating between two right sided centre backs at right back, Celtic have finally completed the signing of a right back – on loan with an option to buy. The statement from Celtic says;
CELTIC Football Club is delighted to announce the signing of Moritz Bauer from Stoke City on a season-long loan with an option to buy at the end of the term.
Moritz, a Swiss-born Austrian internationalist first broke through in Zurich with Grasshoppers before joining Rubin Kazan in Russia in 2016, prior to signing for Stoke in 2018.
The 27-year-old right-back said: “I’m really, really looking forward to it. I know about the stadium, the historical Celtic Park, and I hope that I can win trophies here and have a very successful season.
“It’s a massive club with a big history and when you see the stadium from the outside and the players there who have already worn the jersey – they are big names.”
He added: “I love being here and having the target of being first as I like that pressure. There are players here who have already won titles, and it’s a big opportunity for me to learn from them and grow as a player as I hope to be part of a successful team.”
Celtic’s signing strategy continues to be confusing, with another mid 20s player augmenting Jullien, El Hamed and Fraser Foster (actually he’s 31). At best it would appear that the strategy is to sign a mixture of projects and experienced first team ready players but with the summer we’ve just experienced who knows – I don’t think anyone does. One question we do know the answer to – Can he do it on a wet Wednesday in Stoke.