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These are the qualities I bring to Celtic, says new Bhoy Compper

By Ronnie Esplin

Marvin Compper is looking to make an immediate impact at Celtic when he begins his Parkhead career in the new year.

The 32-year-old Germany cap signed a two-and-a-half-year deal and will officially join the Scottish champions on January 1.

Compper has been recruited by boss Brendan Rodgers as the spotlight returned on the Hoops' defence following the 4-0 defeat at Hearts on Sunday, which ended their 69-game unbeaten domestic run.

Speaking before last night's Ladbrokes Premiership clash with Partick Thistle, the German stopper was asked if he expected to fit straight into the Celtic first team.

"If you get a 32-year-old from Germany that is the plan," he said. "At the end of the day it is about performance.

"If I don't perform in training and in the game then I'm not going to play. So it is all about that.

"This is what I ask for myself and ask from my team-mates, and this is what I'm counting on, that I am going to bring here."

Compper, who declared himself "proud and honoured to be part of this fantastic club", will not be available for Celtic's Europa League tie against Zenit St Petersburg in February as he played in the Champions League for RB Leipzig against Besiktas.

He will return to Glasgow in the new year in the search of silverware.

"This is what this club is about and I want to show Scottish people that I am capable of playing for Celtic," he said.

"I think it is obvious if you get a player who is 32 years old you are looking for experience.

"This is what the club is getting; experience, quality in passing and my heading is fine. I speak a lot on the pitch and try to help the guys around me and I am used to high defending.

"So all these things I bring to the table. This is what they saw in me and why they contacted me.

"I know people are very passionate about football here, that is known all over the world, and the ambience, especially here at Celtic Park, you cannot compare to many other stadiums, maybe none.

"This is one of the things that I am most looking forward to."

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