Marvin Compper has opened up on his disastrous Celtic spell.
The 34-year-old joined the Hoops for £1 million two-and-a-half years ago and yet managed only 80 minutes of competitive football during his 18-month spell.
In terms of value for money, it was a terrible deal by then-Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers.
But Compper, who has one cap for Germany, does not believe that it’s as bad as it looks.
The German stalwart is fluent in French and with the Bhoys boasting a number of French speakers in the squad, Compper feels that although he was limited in his influence on the pitch, he compensated for it in training.
He told Herald Scotland: “I still had the feeling that I could give the team some experience and I’m convinced I did, on a different level from being on the pitch and playing.
“I’m sure if some players were asked if I contributed anything to them or their development, some of them might say I gave them advice. I showed them some things in training they could implement in their game that helped them become better players.
“I speak French, so for those lads I kept a tight relationship and we talked more. I talked a lot to Kris Ajer, so even if I wasn’t able to play, I think most of the team still has me in a good place as a person.”
And if we’re honest, this is fair enough.
Compper is something of a comical figure among Celtic fans for the fact he has two Premiership winners’ medals despite doing virtually nothing to earn them.
But it isn’t entirely his fault that things didn’t work out and if he genuinely did help Celtic players away from the pitch then that’s a nice silver lining.
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