MORITZ JENZ qualified for a Premiership title-winning medal after making 11 appearances for Celtic in the first half of the season.
Remarkably, the German defender was also part of the Schalke team that were relegated from the Bundesliga at the weekend.
The towering centre-back arrived at Parkhead in the summer on a season-long loan deal from French outfit SC Lorient.
Jenz scored on his debut in the 3-1 win over Ross County in Dingwall on August 6 and followed that up with another goal in the 5-0 romp against Kilmarnock at Rugby Park a week later.
CHEERS…Moritz Jenz is congratulted by Matt O’Riley and Filipe Jota after his goal in the 5-0 win over Kilmarnock at Rugby Park in August.
The 24-year-old back-four operator played in every minute of the Champions League when Carl Starfelt and then Cameron Carter-Vickers were injured.
However, Ange Postecoglou ended his temporary transfer early at the turn of the year and, after 19 appearances in all competitions, Jenz returned to France before agreeing another switch, this time to Schalke.
Jenz was tasked with helping to keep the struggling team in the top division, but their battle ended with a 4-2 loss to RB Leipzig at the Red Bull Arena, ironically only hours after Celtic’s title party following the 5-0 triumph over Aberdeen at a packed and rocking Parkhead.
The player, who missed his team’s final match through injury, saw the club finish second bottom of the league to drop down a division along with Vfb Stuttgart and Hertha.
Technically, Jenz was both crowned a league champion and relegated on the same day.
TEARS…Moritz Jenz can’t disguise his disappointment as Schalke lose again on their way to Bundesliga relegation.
The stylish left-sided defender played 11 matches in the Premiership for Postecoglou’s side to seal a medal after surpassing the requirement of 10 games.
Jenz’s future is now in jeopardy. Schalke had a clause in the loan agreement that allowed them to buy the player, but that is unlikely to be activated after losing their Bundesliga status, according to a report in the Scottish Sun.
The player will now return to Lorient who are tenth in the 20-team French top-flight with one game to go against Strasbourg at home on Saturday.