Andreas Hinkel: Marvin Compper can seize second Celtic chance


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Marvin Compper is capable of grabbing the second chance afford to him at Celtic, according to former Bhoys defender Andreas Hinkel.

The German central defender signed for the Parkhead club for £1m from RB Leipzig in January but he made just one appearance last season.

A succession of niggling injuries appeared to keep him sidelined but the fact he had arrived at Celtic having played just three times in Germany last season also hinted that Compper, 33, was struggling to get fully fit.

He’s with Celtic on their pre-season tour in Austria and manager Brendan Rodgers appears keen to give him a second chance at establishing himself in the Hoops picture.

With the opening Champions League qualifying game coming against Alashkert in Armenia on July 10 and defenders Dedryck Boyata, Mikael Lustig and Cristian Gamboa all likely to miss out as they have been featuring at the World Cup in Russia, Hinkel feels his compatriot can step up.

“I am sure that he will look upon it as another opportunity,” Hinkel said.

“It has been a difficult time for him and I am sure that he will have been more disappointed than anyone not to make an impression at Celtic.

“I know that Dedryck Boyata is with Belgium just now for the World Cup and that means that you really need someone else in there for those early qualifiers.

“The big thing for Marvin will be that he gets a good pre-season in. He has huge experience and he is a very intelligent player.

“He thinks about the game which can make the difference but at the same time you also need your body to be 100 per-cent in order to be able to do what you want it to.”

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