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Stoke City player may be handed chance at Celtic

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Stoke City loanee Moritz Bauer could be set for a second chance with Celtic after a recent injury to Jeremie Frimpong, according to Jackie McNamara speaking to Football Insider.

Jackie McNamara has suggested that Bauer could be in line for a rare start against Ross County at the weekend.

Speaking to Football Insider, the former Scotland defender revealed that Frimpong’s injury has forced manager Neil Lennon to give the Austrian a chance.

Asked if the 27-year-old could start on Saturday, McNamara said: “Yeah, he could do. I don’t know how Elhamed is or anyone else.

“He has got three right-backs at the clubs but Bauer should be able to deputise and take that position, for now, to help out.”

Bauer has made just seven appearances since moving to Celtic on loan from Stoke, where he failed to establish himself, making just eight league appearances last season.

Having arrived in Stoke from Rubin Kazan in 2018, Bauer was expected to make an impact at the club, but the defender was involved in their relegation from the Premier League, and his time in the Potteries has been less than impressive ever since.

The 27-year-old’s contract at Stoke is due to expire in 2022, but it remains to be seen if the Championship club will keep him or try to sell in the summer transfer window.

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The Verdict

Failing to establish himself at Stoke or Celtic has left Bauer’s future unknown, but if he can stake a claim for his place this coming Saturday – then that could change with the latter.

The youngster signed a four year deal at the Bet365 Stadium in 2018, but it is highly doubtful that he will see out the full extent of that contract.

Another loan spell is expected this summer if a permanent exit fails to develop, and that could be best for all parties.

Whether or not Celtic will be keen remains to be seen but with the Scottish Premier League title race hotting up – Bauer will have to be at his best for Neil Lennon.


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