Celtic outcast Moritz Jenz is now earning interest from Bundesliga strugglers FC Schalke 04 in a last-gasp transfer. FC Lorient are set to recall the defender from his loan to the Hoops.

That is according to Sky Sports, which reports Lorient will terminate Celtic’s year-long loan deal for Jenz. The centre-back has fallen out of favour at Parkhead after Ange Postecoglou signed Yuki Kobayashi. He has not featured in any of their last seven Premiership matches.

Postecoglou has even omitted Jenz from two of the Bhoys’ past three top-flight squads. He also overlooked the 23-year-old for minutes against Kilmarnock in the League Cup and also left the German out of his matchday side at home to Greenock Morton in the Scottish Cup.

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Lorient had agreed for Jenz to spend the 2022/23 campaign at Celtic and for the Hoops to have the option for the defender’s permanent transfer. Yet Les Merlus will now recall him before the January window closes. But he is unlikely to go back to his parent Ligue 1 team.

Instead, Schalke are now exploring a deal for Jenz in case Lorient do terminate Celtic’s loan transfer. Die Konigsblauen are engulfed in a fight to avoid relegation from the German top-flight this season. They sit bottom of the Bundesliga with just nine points from 17 matches.

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Schalke are exploring a transfer for Celtic outcast Jenz to improve a dire defence

Schalke have won just twice and drawn three times through their Bundesliga fixtures so far this season. They have also recorded the division’s leakiest defence with 41 goals allowed to date. While the Veltins Arena natives also have the worst attack having only scored 14.

Only against FSV Mainz 05 in a 1-0 win on November 9 and against Wolfsburg in a 0-0 draw on August 20 have Schalke also kept a clean sheet. They even let in six goals against RB Leipzig on Tuesday night in a 6-1 defeat. Now, manager Thomas Reis is eager to sign Jenz.

Reis has only won one of his six Bundesliga fixtures since taking over Schalke in October. He has also seen his Konigsblauen side let in 15 goals to just three scored so far. So, Jenz would likely have a far easier time getting minutes with a transfer to Schalke than at Celtic.

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