MORITZ JENZ looks to be heading for Bundesliga outfit Schalke – and could face Josip Juranovic in the Bundesliga next month.
The towering defender will have his season-long loan at Celtic cut short before the transfer deadline and he will return to parent club Lorient, as CQN reported yesterday.
However, the 23-year-old centre-back will make a quickfire exit from the French side to agree another temporary deal with the struggling German outfit who are bottom of the top-flight with only nine points from 17 games.
STRIKE ONE…Moritz Jenz turns away after glancing Celtic’s second goal past Ross County keeper Ross Laidlaw on his debut perormance in the 3-1 win in Dingwall in August.
STRIKE TWO…Mortitz Jenz sends an acrobatic effort towards the Kilmarnock net for another goal in Celtic’s 5-0 victory at Rugby Park.
They are due to travel to the capital to face Union Berlin on February 19 – the week before the Hoops are scheduled to defend their League Cup trophy against Micheal Beale’s Ibrox side at Hampden.
Jenz featured 19 times for the Parkhead men with most of his appearances coming before the World Cup break in November when first-choice Carl Starfelt was sidelined through injury.
The German stopper replaced the crocked Swede around the hour mark of the 4-0 derby triumph in the east end of Glasgow in September. He scored on his first two outings for the champions the previous month – away wins over Ross County (3-1) and Kilmarnock (5-0).
The introduction of J-League star Yuki Kobayashi on a five-year contract from Vissel Kobe has seen Jenz drop further down the pecking order.
The back-four operator’s deal with the Ligue 1 club runs until 2026 and, according to transfer source Gianluca Di Marzo, it’s believed he will join Schalke on loan and they will have option to buy the defender at the end of the six-month period.