Celtic's Moritz Bauer talks up friendship with Liverpool's Xherdan Shaqiri

Xherdan Shaqiri of Stoke City celebrates scoring his side's first goal with Moritz Bauer during the Premier League match between AFC Bournemouth and Stoke City at Vitality Stadium on...

Celtic loanee Moritz Bauer wants European success this season.

Moritz Bauer of Stoke City during the Sky Bet Championship match between Stoke City and Leeds United at the Britannia Stadium, Stoke-on-Trent on Saturday 19th January 2019.

Celtic defender Moritz Bauer has admitted to The Scottish Sun that he loves the atmosphere of European nights – and opened up on his trips to Liverpool last season.

The Bhoys swooped to take Bauer on loan from Stoke City in August, bolstering Neil Lennon's options at right back, which has been a problem area for Celtic.

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Bauer will now be looking to start in the Europa League on Thursday night, as Celtic host CFR Cluj at Parkhead in their second group stage game.

 

He will have competition for the role, but he has now talked up how much he loves European nights, having played in Europa League and Champions League qualifiers for Grasshoppers in Switzerland.

Additionally, Bauer admitted that he was at Anfield a lot last season, watching their run to the Champions League final, including the semi-final comeback against Barcelona.

The reason for that is that Bauer is friends with Liverpool winger Xherdan Shaqiri, having played together at Stoke City and both represented Switzerland youth teams.

Xherdan Shaqiri of Stoke City celebrates after scoring his sides first goal with Moritz Bauer of Stoke City during the Premier League match between Stoke City and Brighton and Hove Albion...

“I have played in the play-off round for the Europa League and Champions League for Grasshoppers of Zurich — we played Lyon, Fiorentina, Lille and Club Brugge,” said Bauer. “It would have been great to qualify for the group stage and we were close. I enjoy the atmosphere of European nights.”

“I am friends with Xherdan Shaqiri so I was often at Anfield last season on Champions League nights. I was at the Barcelona match and it was great. Liverpool were quite down after the first game, but they did it,” he added.

Bauer was close to Liverpool when playing for Stoke, but there will be no such trip to the Reds' game against Red Bull Salzburg tonight, with Celtic focused on tomorrow's game with Cluj – a team who have already beaten them at Parkhead this season.

Xherdan Shaqiri of Stoke City celebrates scoring his side's first goal with Moritz Bauer during the Premier League match between AFC Bournemouth and Stoke City at Vitality Stadium on...

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