THERE can be no more bizarre and bewildering transfer in Celtic history than that of Marvin Compper.
Brendan Rodgers paid £1million to RB Leipzig for the one-time German international central defender in January 2018 and the Hoops fans were eager to get a first look at the new Bhoy.
Compper, 33, was brought in to add experience to the back-line and made his debut in a 3-0 Scottish Cup win over Morton at Parkhead in March, was taken off near the end – and was never seen again.
A RARE SIGHTING…Marvin Compper on the pitch at Celtic Park.
No injury was involved. The manager, apparently, hadn’t been convinced with the player’s 83-minute appearance and that was that for the centre-back as he went into cold storage for the remainder of his so-called Hoops career.
Compper left in July 2019 when he signed for German third-tier side MSV Duisburg as he mercifully cut short his Celtic contract. He played a number of games for his new side before announcing his retirement in August the following year to move onto the coaching staff.
His failure to play a solitary full game wasn’t the only puzzle for the supporters. They were mystified when he turned up at the medal presentation ceremony as Rodgers’ players paraded after the seventh successive title triumph.
Compper hadn’t been involved at all in the league and it would be fair to say the person sitting in Row E would have had a better chance of getting a touch of the ball during the campaign.
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