Stoke City defender Moritz Bauer joined Celtic on a season-long loan deal in the summer in search of regular first-team football.
The 27-year-old was sent out on loan by former Stoke boss Nathan Jones and would have been hoping to make an impact at Parkhead, after making just eight appearances for the Potters in the Championship last season.
The Austrian has made seven appearances for Celtic in all competitions so far this season. He helped Neil Lennon’s side keep a clean sheet on his debut in a frantic Old Firm derby against rivals Rangers.
Since then, he’s featured four more times in the Scottish Premiership and has also made a couple of appearances in the Europa League.
However, he hasn’t made an appearance for Celtic in the Scottish Premiership since the 2-0 win over St Mirren at the end of October and has been an unused substitute for the last three league matches.
His most recent outing for Celtic was the 3-1 win over French side Rennes in the Europa League last week, where he helped the team secure their qualification to the next phase of the tournament as the winners of Group E.
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Bauer has been competing with Hatem Abd Elhamed for a place in the Celtic team at right-back and even though the latter was recently ruled out for up to six weeks with a groin injury, he’s still struggled hold down a place in the starting line-up.
The defender will be determined to force his way back into his manager’s plans and it’ll be very interesting to see if he can do so.
Celtic have the option to sign Bauer on a permanent deal at the end of his loan spell and there’s every chance that he may be tempted by the chance to join the club on a full-time basis.
Now that Michael O’Neill has taken charge at the Bet365 Stadium, he may want to return to Stoke and try to fight for his place in the team.