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£1m signing needs game time for Celtic, starting with clash v Motherwell

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Celtic defender Marvin Compper really needs a run of games for the Hoops if he is to be involved in the Hoops’ Champions League qualifiers in July, and the run should begin when the Bhoys face Motherwell on Sunday.

Compper was bought by manager Brendan Rodgers for £1million in January to add a wealth of experience to the Hoops side which lacks that factor, and as the 32-year-old has played in both Serie A and the Bundesliga he certainly has plenty of that.

However, the German has only featured once for the Bhoys since joining up with his new team-mates in January. He suffered an injury during the winter break and to date has only played against Morton in the Scottish Cup.

The Old Firm derby seemed ideal for a player of his experience but he wasn’t risked by Rodgers, who didn’t even put Compper on the bench.

With Jozo Simunovic suspended for the match at Fir Park, and Dedryck Boyata struggling for form after a dreadful performance against Rangers, this seems like the ideal match for Compper to make his league debut.

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The best partnership at the back at this moment in time for the Bhoys seems to be Kristoffer Ajer and one other defender, and if Compper wants to claim the position next to the 19-year-old he needs a run of matches so that the pair can work together ahead of the vital Champions League qualifiers.

In other Celtic news, the Hoops are hoping to agree a new deal with Kristoffer Ajer

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