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Moritz Bauer's game plan for the season

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NEW Bhoy, Moritz Bauer experienced what it’s like to plunge in at the deep end when he was introduced to the fray on derby day at Ibrox last weekend.

By the time he came on to the pitch on the hour mark though, the waters had been shallowed somewhat thanks to Odsonne Edouard’s first-half strike.

The Swiss-born Austrian internationalist played his part, though, in a convincing 2-0 win for the Hoops to maintain their 100 per cent start to the bid for nine-in-a-row.

That half-hour in the heat of the derby will have gone some way to enabling his short and specific, but essential to-do list over the coming months – his plan is set. He aims to work hard to impress the manager and backroom staff in training, and everyone else including the Celtic support on the pitch in his bid to stake a claim for a regular place in the team.

The defender joined a few days before the derby on a season-long loan from Stoke City and aims to thrive on the ‘positive pressure’ that naturally comes from playing for a club like Celtic who, not only play to win every game, but are going into this season as protectors of a Treble Treble.

Speaking in this week’s Celtic View, the 27-year-old said of having to play well to fight for a place in the team: “I’m well aware of that and I want to bring something to the table. I want to be part of that squad, I want to be an improvement and I think that Celtic have put a lot of trust in me.

“So I want to pay back double that trust they have put in me. This positive pressure that we have here, can give us an extra lift.

“I'm a very attacking full-back and an energetic player who gets up and down the wing. My dynamics are pace and power. It depends on what the coach demands from the team, but as I am a defender, I obviously have to defend as well, but I like to get involved in the attack also. The fans can expect a very hard worker.

“It is pressure, of course, but I think there’s nothing better than playing for trophies, because that’s what it’s all about, as having a season target of finishing about eighth is not the same.

“I love being here and having the target of being first and I like that pressure. There are players here who have already won titles, and it’s a big opportunity for me to learn from them and grow as a player as I hope to be part of a successful team.”

For the full interview with Moritz Bauer, see this week’s Celtic View – out now.


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