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£1.3m FLOP HEADS FOR HOOPS EXIT

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CELTIC’S £1.3million flop defender Marvin Compper could be allowed to quit the club on a free transfer at the turn of the year.

The January signing of the one-time German international from RB Leipzig has turned out to be a colossal waste of money by the champions.

Compper has played only 81 minutes of first team football in the 3-0 Scottish Cup win over Morton at Parkhead in March.

He hasn’t figured since although he is under contract at Parkhead until 2020.

The veteran back-four operator told the media in Germany: “Unfortunately, I do not play much of a role with our manager and that’s why I want to take a look around during the winter break.

“Whether it will be in the Bundesliga, I do not know. I’m pretty open. Although I will be 34 in the summer, I still have a lot in the tank.

“Unfortunately, I can not show it at Celtic.

“Right now, it’s about looking to where I can continue my career. In any case, I can still play for two more years.”

Earlier this week, Brendan Rodgers accepted the responsibility for the signing although, to be fair to the Hoops manager, the player has been hindered by injury and not being able to achieve the sort of match fitness demanded by the Irishman.

He said: “Marvin was brought in to provide experience, but he has struggled for fitness and the unpredictability of his fitness has played a part.

“If anyone is to blame then blame me.

“Marvin is an extremely professional player and it’s an emotional time towards the end of your career. He has been a great help to the younger players.”

The solution to the problem could be to write off the contract and allow Compper to end his hardly eventful stay with the champions.

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Acclaimed author Alex Gordon wrote the biography of Scotland international legend Denis Law, entitled 'King and Country'. He is a former columnist with World Soccer magazine and Scottish correspondent of respected European journal L'Equipe.

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