'Bit of a strange one' - Chris Sutton baffled by Celtic transfer decision
BT Sport pundit Chris Sutton has admitted it was “strange” for Celtic to decide to sign Marvin Compper, even though they know the German defender will not be able to play in the Europa League.
Compper, 32, completed his move from Bundesliga side RB Leipzig to Celtic Park earlier this week and will make his move official when the January transfer window opens in just over a weeks’ time.
Brendan Rodgers had made it clear that he wanted to strengthen his centre-back options in January and the deal to tie up Compper has added an extra body in his defensive line.
However with a knock-out round clash with Zenit on the horizon for February, Celtic will still be without Compper and could have limited centre-back options for that game.
Now, writing on the Daily Record website, former Bhoys striker Sutton has admitted that the decision to sign someone ineligible to play in Europe has baffled him.
“It was a no-brainer shoring up the backline and a blind man could have seen it was needed. We all know it should have been done in the summer but at least it’s been addressed,” he said.
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“He won’t be eligible to play in Europe this year, which is a bit of a strange one, but obviously Rodgers has an eye on the qualifiers next year.”
Compper has been a fringe player for Leipzig this season, making just three appearances across all competitions.
However his cameo against Besiktas in the Champions League earlier this month means that Celtic will be unable to name him in their squad for the knock-out round clash with Russia giants Zenit in February.
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