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.
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 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.
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