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Raphael Honigstein Makes Marvin Compper Sound Like Good Business For Celtic

Raphael Honigstein Makes Marvin Compper Sound Like Good Business For Celtic

Raphael Honigstein makes Marvin Compper look like great business for Celtic.

The German defender is in Scotland ahead of completing his move from Red Bull Leipzig to the Scottish Premiership champions.

At 32, and relatively unknown to most Scottish fans, he probably isn’t the first signing Celtic fans would have hoped for as they look for reinforcements in the January transfer window.

But there’s no doubting Compper’s experience and Celtic’s need to strengthen at centre back.

Leading German football journalist Honigstein – who regularly appears on BT Sport – has been speaking about Compper recently and makes Celtic signing the defender sound like very good business.

Per bbc.co.uk, Honigstein said: “Marvin Compper is one of those centre-backs you don’t see a lot during the game, he tends to solve problems before they arrive.

“He’s not one for thunderous tackles, but smart positioning.

“Leipzig have had a very strong policy of not signing anyone over 25 but they made a huge exception for him because [Leipzig director of sport] Ralf Rangnick believed his experience was necessary to take them up to the Bundesliga.

“He was brought up on Ralf Rangnick football at Hoffenheim, so very quick transitions, he’s used to the players in front of him pressing and quick, vertical football, but also opposition teams sending balls over the top, he’s very good at being in the right space and dealing with these situations.

“Dayot Upamecano [Leipzig defender] has been fantastic since coming up, Ralf Rangnick keeps saying he should be in the French national team.

“[Compper] has just lost his position to younger, more agile players. Even the captain [Willi Orban] has found himself on the sidelines because Ibrahima Konate and Upamecano have struck up such a good partnership.

“He’s at an age where he doesn’t get any benefit from sitting on the bench, so I can understand why he’s taking the opportunity to be a starter in a team that’s going to win titles.”

A defender that fans don’t see much during a game is probably exactly what Celtic need after the recent struggles of Dedryck Boyata and Jozo Simunovic.

The weekend’s 4-0 loss to Hearts, which ended Celtic’s unbeaten domestic run at 69 games, showed the defensive frailties in Brendan Rodgers’ team and some improvements in that area are needed.

With the transfer window due to open in less than two weeks, it looks like Compper will be in place to star for the Hoops from the beginning of January onwards.

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