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BACK PAGE BULLETIN: CELTIC NEW BHOY: ‘I’M NOT THE MOST TALENTED’, GORDON ‘TOO OLD’, MAY DEAL GO-AHEAD, FOSTER RETURNS TO COUNTY

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CELTIC new Bhoy Moritz Bauer has admitted he is “not the most talented guy” in football.

The 27-year-old Austrian international right-back joined the Hoops on a season-long loan from Stoke City yesterday.

Neil Lennon has the option to make the switch permanent for the defender, who cost £5.5million when he joined the Championship side from Russia team Rubin Kazan in January last year.

The honest Bauer, speaking to the Sun, said: “The fans are getting a very hard worker. I’m maybe not the most talented guy, but I make it up with work.

“I like to play attacking football. I bring some pace, I bring some dynamics.

“I’m really, really looking forward to it.

“I know about the stadium, the historical Celtic Park and I hope that I can win trophies here and have a very successful season.

“It’s a massive club with a big history and when you see the stadium from the outside and the players there who have already worn the jersey – they are big names.

“They have already won titles and it’s a big opportunity for me to learn from them and grow as a player as I hope to be part of a successful team.”

The back-four operator also revealed his mother has wanted to tick two stadiums off her bucket list – Parkhead and Anfield.

He said: “My mum always said she wanted to be in Anfield and Celtic Park once in her life.

“I made Anfield with Stoke and now it’s time for Celtic Park and I’m really buzzing for it.”

CRAIG GORDON will play for Celtic in their crucial Europa League play-off second leg against AIK Stockholm in Sweden tonight.

However, it looks as though the keeper’s Scotland international career is in jeopardy – because he is too old!

Gordon, who has made 54 appearances for his country over a 15-year period, will celebrate his 37th birthday on Hogmanay.

The former £9million shotstopper was overlooked by boss Steve Clarke when he announced his squad for the Euro 2020 double-header against Russia and Belgium next month. David Marshall, Jon McLaughlin and Craig MacGillivray were the three goalies given the nod by the former Kilmarnock gaffer.

The Scots chief, speaking to the Sun, said: “I’m not putting words into Craig’s mouth, but he’s getting a little bit older and maybe a bit closer to retirement.

“If the worst came to the worst and there were injuries in the goalkeeper department, I know Craig would slot in fine.

“So, that wouldn’t be such a big issue.

“Goalkeeper is an area where we maybe don’t have too much strength in depth and we need to have a look at different people at different times.

“In my opinion, the best way of doing that is to bring them into camp and see them first-hand.”

Gordon is also under pressure for the No.1 spot at the champions and could miss out on Sunday’s game against Rangers at Ibrox with Fraser Forster playing against Hearts last week after his loan return from Southampton.

STEVIE MAY is about to rubber-stamp his return to St Johnstone from Aberdeen and bring a halt to the long-running transfer saga.

The Dons striker, 26, has been offered a two-year deal with the option of another 12 months to end the long-running transfer saga.

May, who cost £400,000 from Preston two years ago, has fallen down the Pittodrie pecking order for places in attack and he knows he has no future with Derek McInnes’ outfit.

A permanent move collapsed earlier in the window and then a loan offer from the Perth men was also knocked back.

However, it appears a resolution has been found and May will complete the switch to McDiarmid park.

RICHARD FOSTER has returned to Ross County on a season-long deal.

The 34-year-old defender had his contract ripped up by St Johnstone after a training ground bust-up with boss Tommy Wright – as Scotzine reported– and has agreed a short-term transfer with the Dingwall club.

The former Rangers and Aberdeen full-back had a successful 12-month stint with the Staggies during the 2015/16 campaign when he was part of County’s League Cup winning side before moving to the Perth Saints.

Foster will go straight into the squad for this weekend’s match against the Dons at Pittodrie.

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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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