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£5m Celtic loanee is suddenly back in the picture today

Moritz Bauer of Celtic during the UEFA Europa League group stage match between Lazio and Celtic at Stadio Olimpico, Rome, Italy.

Could Moritz Bauer earn a rare start for Celtic this afternoon.

Moritz Bauer of Celtic during the UEFA Europa League group stage match between Lazio and Celtic at Stadio Olimpico, Rome, Italy.

Celtic boss Neil Lennon appeased concern over Jeremie Frimpong this week.

The promising right-back was stretchered off late on during the 3-1 win at Kilmarnock in midweek.

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But Lennon revealed to Sky Sports that it was 'only a bit of bruising' and that the 19-year-old Celtic gem hadn't sustained a fracture.

It's good news, because Frimpong has been a big player for the Hoops in recent months, but there's no need to risk him in this afternoon's visit of Ross County.

 

Consequently, could Moritz Bauer be back in the picture?

Bauer, who joined on a season-long loan from Stoke City last summer, is Lennon's third-choice option for that position, behind Frimpong and Hatem Elhamed.

But with the latter injured, and Frimpong after just avoiding a serious injury, it makes sense for the Celtic manager to start the Austrian today.

Bauer, a £5 million signing by Stoke in 2018 [The Daily Mail], is a very good player and it's more a reflection on Frimpong and Elhamed that he hasn't been playing.

Bauer, who came on for his team-mate in midweek, has only started seven games for Celtic since arriving in Glasgow, but it makes total sense for Lennon to give him his eighth today.

Moritz Bauer and Fraser Forster of Celtic FC celebrate the victory after the UEFA Europa League group E match between Lazio Roma and Celtic FC at Stadio Olimpico on November 7, 2019 in...

 

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