In Focus: Celtic need Compper to hit the ground running

As reported by The Daily Mail, Celtic assistant manager Chris Davies has spoken about the attributes Marvin Compper possesses that will enhance the first team squad at the Hoops.

What’s the story?

Compper was announced as Celtic’s first signing in the January transfer window on Wednesday, arriving at the Scottish champions for a fee reported to be around £1m.

The experienced defender is tasked with helping out a much criticised Hoops defence, with supporters criticising the likes of Dedryck Boyata and Jozo Simunovic in recent weeks for faltering performances.

Chris Davies reckons he has the attributes to be a success at Celtic and fits the profile of what the club are looking for in the position.

As reported by The Daily Mail, Brendan Rodgers’ assistant said:

From what I’ve seen, he is a guy who fits the profile of what we would like in a central defender. He is used to playing a high defensive line, he is technically good on the ball, athletic and fast. He understands the model of play we like. It’s someone who’s experienced. You need a balance in your squad rather than too much either way. You saw the benefits of having Kolo Toure last season, with the experience he has. We’ve got guys like Craig Gordon, Broony (Scott Brown) our captain, guys with experience. It’s not something we are lacking but it’s good to have that balance.

Due to officially make his move at the start of January, Compper will have Celtic’s winter break to get up to speed for first team action ahead of a massive few months as the Hoops chase more silverware.

Much needed

Celtic’s defensive fragility has long been a talking point for supporters and it has only become more and more of a glaring issue as the season has worn on, culminating in a shocking 4-0 defeat to Hearts on Sunday, during which there was a number of defensive errors.

The usually reliable Jozo Simunovic suddenly looks vulnerable while Dedryck Boyata has at times looked uncomfortable playing in the possession-heavy, building from the back style of Brendan Rodgers.

Compper needs to make an impact from the start and at 32 years of age, with close to 300 professional appearances to his name, has the experience to hit the ground running at a high level. While cup-tied for the UEFA Europa League, Celtic fans will be hoping he can play a big part in settling down a nervous back four as the Hoops chase another treble.