Noel Whelan insists Celtic avoided making a blunder in the transfer market by taking Moritz Bauer on loan last summer.
The former Leeds and Aberdeen striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, admits the right-back has not been a good fit for the Bhoys during his temporary spell in Glasgow.
As revealed exclusively by Football Insider, Lennon is not expected to take the option to buy the 28-year-old from Stoke City this summer.
He has managed to play just 13 times for the Hoops with just six of those coming as starts in the Premiership.
Whelan says that Lennon dodged a bullet not doing a permanent deal for the full-back, despite his Premier League and international experience.
Whelan told Football Insider: “Sometimes it doesn’t work for a player and that’s why you loan them first, to find out if they fit the bill, if they can produce the goods and if they settle into life.
“This is just why people don’t want to put loads of money on the table and get a player off the back of what they’ve done at other clubs. You’re not spending a great deal of money to find out if the player’s good enough to play at the football club.
“It’s not the right fit for Neil, it’s not the right fit for Celtic, it seems to me the player will not be going back there and playing his football.
“You’ve tried, it’s not right for either, they won’t be going back in, that’s for sure, so Neil’s found out about a player whose, sometimes, reputation precedes him.”
Bauer has 15 Premier League starts under his belt for Stoke, as well as six caps for Austria.
He struggled for game time at Celtic after falling behind both Hatem Abd Elhamed and Jeremie Frimpong in the pecking order.