Moritz Bauer gives his verdict on Celtic teammate Hatem Elhamed

Celtic fans hold up scarfs ahead of the Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership match between Celtic and Rangers at Celtic Park on March 31, 2019 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Moritz Bauer appears to be Celtic's number one right-back at the moment, with Neil Lennon starting him in three of the last four Scottish Premiership games.

Moritz Bauer of Stoke in action during the FA Cup Third Round Replay match between Stoke City and Shrewsbury Town at the Bet365 Stadium on January 15, 2019 in Stoke-on-Trent, United...

Moritz Bauer might be competing with Hatem Abd Elhamed for a place in Celtic’s starting XI but that has not stopped the former Stoke City defender from speaking warmly about his fellow summer signing, in quotes reported by the Record.

It is easy to forget that, just a few weeks ago, Celtic looked set to go into the season without a senior right-back. But, thanks to some sterling work from Neil Lennon and Nicky Hammond, Bauer, Elhamed and Jeremie Frimpong all arrived through the door before the transfer window slammed shut at the beginning of September.

 

All three have made an impact so far though Bauer appears to be the first choice at the moment, starting three of Celtic’s last four Scottish Premiership fixtures.

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Elhamed, the £1.6 million signing from Hapoel Be’er Sheva (Scottish Sun), has had his fair share of action too with the Israel international’s ability to play at centre-half making him a valuable part of Lennon’s squad. Elhamed was particularly impressive in the middle during the 2-0 win away at Rangers in August, a performance that left Bauer nodding his head in approval.

Hatem Abd Elhamed of Celtic during the UEFA Europa League group E match between Stade Rennais and Celtic FC (Glasgow) at Roazhon Park on September 19, 2019 in Rennes, France.

“Hatem arrived with a slight injury but played a fantastic game in the derby against Rangers. He did a terrific job when needed,” said the Austrian international.

“We’re different characters and maybe I can add more attacking football while he’s a great defender.”

Bauer and Elhamed certainly give Lennon plenty of choice. The former is a swashbuckling, attack-minded full-back while the latter is more reserved and perhaps a better options against more dangerous opposition.

Frimpong, however, could prove to be the best of the three after producing a dazzling debut display in last week’s 5-0 thrashing of Partick Thistle.

Vakoun Bayo and Jeremie Frimpong of Celtic are seen at full time during the Betfred Scottish League Cup quarter final match between Celtic and Partick Thistle at Celtic Park on September...

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