NEW Bhoy Marvin Compper in enjoying training with his Celtic team-mates in Dubai as the champions prepare for the second half of the campaign.

The one-time German international centre-half, who agreed a £1million two-and-a-half year deal from RB Leipzig last month, has finally caught up with the Parkhead men in their Middle East training camp.

It’s the first time the 32-year-old defender has trained with his new colleagues.

The classy stopper officially became a Hoops player on January 1 and was in a relaxed mood as he warmed up with Brendan Rodgers’ outfit amid the humid conditions.< Compper will be broken in gently with light sessions today, but he can expect the Irishman to up the pace tomorrow and throughout the remainder of the week. Celtic return to action with the first defence of the Scottish Cup with a tie against Brechin City in Glasgow on January 20. DTANdzpWkAAjWV3.jpg-large

NEW! The CQN Podcast: A Celtic State of Mind (EP28) with former Celtic director Tom Grant

A Celtic State of Mind presents its 29th instalment of insightful discussion around the culture of Celtic Football Club, the city of Glasgow, and fans of the reigning treble-winning Scottish champions.

Paul John Dykes and Kevin Graham are joined by Celtic’s ex-director, Tom Grant, who offers a fascinating insight into the running of the club in the 1980s and 1990s.

Tom Grant explains exactly why Celtic refused to complete the Mo Johnston transfer in 1989, and lifts the lid on audacious efforts by Billy McNeill to recruit Peter Beardsley and Steve Bruce.

Tom Grant also dissects his relationship with Fergus McCann, and the impact of the ‘Celts For Change’ movement in overturning the ‘family dynasty’ board in 1994.


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