Celtic defender Marvin Compper has spoken of his relief at finally making his debut for the Hoops in the 3-0 Scottish Cup win over Morton.
The 32-year-old centre-back, who joined the Bhoys from Leipzig for £900,000 in January, hadn’t featured for the Bhoys until Saturday’s game after suffering an injury during the winter break.
The German came through his debut appearance for the Bhoys with flying colours and although he admits it was not ideal to have his injury, he is happy to be able to start kicking on.
“It isn’t a great situation when you come to a new club and can’t play, but it is behind me now” he said, as quoted by the Evening Times.
“Obviously it will take a little bit of time for me to find my full level of fitness but I am quite naturally fit. It will not take too long for me to get match fit and hopefully then the Celtic fans can see the best of me.”
After a relatively easy debut Compper is set to face a much bigger test in his second game for the Hoops, when the Bhoys travel to Ibrox for a vital Old Firm derby on Sunday.
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Compper’s words will be music to the ears of the Hoops supporters. For a long while the team has needed an experienced centre-back to guide the likes of Jozo Simunovic and Kristoffer Ajer along, and the German centre-back looks like he fits the bill. It will be interesting to see how he fares in the Old Firm cauldron, but Brendan Rodgers won’t have any reservations about selecting the player, after all he has already played in both Germany and Italy’s top leagues. The more game time Compper gets the better, as he is likely to be a major player for the Bhoys going forward, and he might well have a big role to play in the Champions League qualifiers which begin in July.
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