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‘I’M HERE TO JOIN HOOPS’ HAUL OF FAME,’ COMPPER

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NEW BHOY Marvin Compper admitted he has joined Celtic to become a champion after sealing his £1million move from Bundesliga outfit RB Leipzig.

The 32-year-old central defender has had an impressive career with the likes of Borussia Monchengladbach, Hoffenheim and Fiorentina.

But the one-time German international has yet to win a title medal.

And Compper insisted he is determined to help the Hoops lift their seventh successive Premiership at the end of the campaign.

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The centre-half, who agreed a two-and-a-half-year deal and will arrive on January 1, said: “I’m proud and honoured to be part of this fantastic club.

“Celtic is more than a club, it is a religion. I want to add silverware – this is what this club is all about.

“I was a runner-up in the Coppa Italia, but to win something and get a title would be good because I have never done that.

“That is a big goal for me at Celtic and for the club.

“Celtic Park is fantastic and I am proud to call the stadium my ‘living room’, as we say in Germany, for the next two and a half years.

“I am looking forward to getting out on the pitch for the first time.

“In the last few weeks, I have had a close look. I will be prepared.

“In terms of atmosphere, you can’t compare Celtic Park to many other stadiums – probably none.”

RB Leipzig keeper Peter Gulacsi worked with Brendan Rodgers at Liverpool and gave his old boss a glowing reference when Compper picked his brains.

The experienced defender added: “Brendan is a great manager. He was at Liverpool before and has a lot of experience even though he is still young.

“He is very good at communicating with players and making them better.

“He was a big factor in me coming here. I spoke to Peter Gulacsi and he told me great things. Peter said Brendan was fantastic with players.”

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