According to Pete O’Rourke of the Football Insider, Celtic have made a decision on Moritz Bauer’s future and don’t plan to trigger his buying option this summer. The 28-year-old joined Celtic on a season-long loan from Stoke City but has struggled for playing time and spent most of his debut campaign on the bench or out of the matchday.
Bauer has made 13 appearances in all competitions this season, racking up less than 900 minutes of playing time. He was behind Hatem Abd Elhamed (14 appearances) in the right-back pecking order before Jeremie Frimpong (22 appearances) became Neil Lennon’s first choice for the rest of the campaign, so it’s hard to see Celtic retaining his services permanently.
The Austrian international’s last appearance came in Celtic’s 3-0 win over St Johnstone (January 29). He was an unused in the Hoops’ 4-1 win over Hamilton Academical (February 2), 5-0 win over Heart of Midlothian (February 12) and 3-1 win over Kilmarnock (February 23) while being left out of the squad on their 4-0 win over Motherwell (February 5), 2-1 win over Aberdeen (February 16), 2-2 draw with Livingston (March 4) and 5-0 win over St Mirren (March 7).
It just hasn’t worked out for Bauer at Celtic, so it’s not a surprise that Lennon doesn’t plan to sign him permanently.
Stats from Transfermarkt.