RB Leipzig defender Marvin Compper has been pictured at Edinburgh airport ahead of clinching a proposed move to Celtic and is set to undertake a medical today (Tuesday), according to a report.
The Scottish Sun claims that the player is set to sign for the Scottish champions for a fee of around £1million, with a contract lasting until 2020.
Compper has one cap for Germany, earned in a 2-1 defeat to England in 2008 when he played for Hoffenheim. He has also played for Fiorentina and he’s the experienced defender that Brendan Rodgers has been looking for.
SNS Group posted a picture on their official Twitter account of Compper shortly after he jetted into put the finishing touches to his reported move to Parkhead.
— SNS Group (@snsgroup) December 19, 2017
The player won’t be able to make his Hoops debut until the Scottish Cup tie against Brechin at Celtic Park on January the 20th.
Celtic are next in action against bottom of the league Partick Thistle as they attempt to bounce back from the 4-0 defeat to Hearts which ended their British record unbeaten run at 69 games.
Football Insider verdict
The signing of Compper is exactly what Celtic need after their defence was so badly exposed in the defeat to Hearts. Simunovic and Boyata are both in poor form at the moment, hopefully Compper will put them both under pressure and they raise their game. The player will be able to spend time getting to know his team-mates during the winter break in January, and hopefully forming an understanding by the time he makes his first-team debut. The only real downside of the move is that he is ineligible to play against Zenit in the last 32 of the Europa League in February. Brendan Rodgers must think that the player is worth taking that risk for.
In other Celtic news, Scott Brown made an admission about the defeat to Hearts