Celtic transfer news: Hoops sign Stoke right-back Moritz Bauer on season-long loan

28 Aug

Celtic have signed Stoke right-back Moritz Bauer on a season-long loan.

The 27-year-old made just six appearances under Potters boss Nathan Jones last season.

Moritz Bauer was a regular for Stoke in their final Premier League season
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He left Rubin Kazan to join Stoke in January 2018, but could not prevent the club’s relegation from the Premier League four months later.

Bauer is not eligible for Celtic’s Europa League qualifier with AIK Stockholm on Thursday, but could make his debut against Rangers in Sunday’s Old Firm derby.

The Austria international received congratulatory messages from former Stoke team-mates Darren Fletcher and Charlie Adams.

Bauer said: “The fans here can expect a very hard worker. I may not be the most talented guy but I make it up with work.

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“I like to play with attacking football. I bring some pace and dynamics to the game. I think the atmosphere here will really suit me. I want to make the crowd proud. I will put everything into it that I have.

“After the announcement I had a phone full of congratulations because everyone knows that Celtic is a historical and really big club.

“It’s quite an honour to wear these colours and everybody is very happy for me – but none of them are as happy as I am.

“When I was at Stoke I’d drive in some times with Darren Fletcher and he was one of the first people to congratulate me.

“Charlie Adam – who played for the other side (Rangers) obviously – text me already. Fletcher is a really big player and I learned a lot from him. The same with Charlie.

“They know Scottish football and both said I will feel really happy here.

“Our former coach at Stoke, Paul Lambert, was telling us about the Old Firm derby day in, day out, so I think it’s going to be amazing. I’m looking very forward to being part of that derby in whatever role I have this weekend.”