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COMPPER: ‘BEST HE MOVES ON’

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MISFIT Marvin Compper ended his bizarre 18 months at Celtic when he agreed a two-year deal with German Third Division outfit MSV Duisburg, as CQN reported last night.

The 34-year-old centre-back, who cost £1.3million from RB Leipzig in January 2018, played only 83 minutes in the Hoops first team during a 3-0 Scottish Cup win over Morton at Parkhead two seasons ago.

Boss Neil Lennon, speaking to the Daily Record, admitted: “He got a player-coaching job at Duisburg, but that one was probably best for both parties.

“He wasn’t going to fit in our plans, so it was best he moves on and we can fill a gap now.”

Compper, who made over 200 appearances in the Bundesliga and was capped once by Germany, still had a year of his Celtic contract to run.

Ironically, his first-ever pass on his one-and-only appearance had Jozo Simunovic scampering to keep the ball in play. Alarmingly, the new signing was under no pressure at the time.

It didn’t get much better after that and he was never seen again in the top side making him one of the biggest wastes of money in the club’s history.

Brendan Rodgers, who sanctioned the deal, snubbed the defender after that first sighting at Parkhead and the veteran realised the situation wasn’t about to change under Lennon.

He is the second dud to leave the champions in recent days, following DR Congolese midfielder Youssof Mulumbu who didn’t even last a year after arriving as a free agent.

 
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