Compper claims Celtic want him to leave and takes swipe at Rodgers

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Celtic defender Marvin Compper has claimed Celtic want him to leave and has taken a swipe at Brendan Rodgers, speaking to Bild.

What’s the word?

Signed to bolster Celtic’s defensive options in January, Marvin Compper has endured a nightmare since swapping RB Leipzig for the Scottish champions and has broken his silence ahead of Thursday’s clash with his former side.

Speaking to Bild, the 33-year-old claimed that Celtic tried to oust him from the squad in the summer and suggested his team-mates cannot understand why he continues to be overlooked, while also taking a swipe at Brendan Rodgers.

Compper is yet to feature this season and was barely seen at the back-end of Celtic’s last campaign, as he still awaits his league debut.

What was said?

“I’m fit and I train very well. Even my team-mates do not understand why I do not play. In the summer I had a calf injury. I got an athletic trainer and a physio at my own expense and made myself fit. Now it is up to the coach Brendan Rodgers to finally give me the trust.

“I still have a contract until 2020, but of course I do not want to sit on the bench. In August, Celtic suggested to me about a change of club. But I do not want to move on so easily. I hope for my chance and want to play.”

Stick or twist?

Compper certainly faces a battle to earn football at Celtic Park, with the Bhoys bolstering their defence in the summer by signing Filip Benkovic on-loan from Leicester City, but questions certainly need to be raised about his continued absence.

Celtic have certainly not been defensively sound this season and it is unclear why Compper is not getting his opportunity and while that is unlikely to change, Rodgers’ decision to move for the veteran now looks bizarre.

Compper was handed a tw0-and-a-half year deal when he arrived from the Bundesliga in January but, if he is not seen as a long-term option in the squad, why on earth did Celtic hand him such a lengthy deal?