Celtic defender Marvin Compper seems to be no closer to making his first league appearance for the club as he continues to struggle in Scotland.
The former Germany international was a £1 million signing from RB Leipzig nine months ago but has barely featured for the Bhoys and has been left out of the club’s Europa League squad.
Since arriving at Parkhead, the centre-back’s only Celtic appearance came during the Scottish FA Cup quarter-final victory against Greenock Morton in March.
Compper has battled injury problems including a calf issue that meant he was unable to play for two months after he arrived.
He now finds himself behind Kristoffer Ajer, Filip Benkovic, Dedryck Boyata, Jack Hendry and Jozo Simunovic in the pecking order.
Celtic have given him every chance to compete for a first-team place but so far, he has not done enough – or not been fit enough – to make the step up.
Assistant manager Chris Davies revealed that Compper had been one of a handful of players challenged on the training field to prove that he was worth a place in Celtic’s Europa League squad.
“Picking the squad, we didn’t need six central defenders on the list so that played a part,” he told The Daily Record.
“It starts with the training day today, that’s where Marvin and all the players are.
“We have a big squad and a very competitive squad so all the players have to fight for their position.”
However, the German clearly failed to impress manager Brendan Rodgers and his assistant and he did not make the final cut.
“Marvin has had a difficult time since he got here, with injury as well,” Davies added after Compper was left out of the 43-strong squad.
“He’s never quite got going or found his rhythm, that’s been a disappointment on his part.
“He just has to keep working hard and we’ll saw what happens.”
Compper has a contract with Celtic until the end of next summer, but if he remains on the sidelines, it is easy to imagine him making an early departure from Parkhead.