Moritz Bauer has hinted the Covid-19 pandemic stopped him from moving to Celtic on a permanent deal in 2020.

The right-back arrived at Stoke City in January 2018 and left them for FC Ufa in 2021. He joined the Russian side on a loan deal at the start of this year and the deal was made permanent in the last window.

Stoke were relegated from the Premier League after the player’s first few months in England. Although he signed a new contract the summer of 2018, he didn’t enjoy increased minutes in the 2018/19 season, which then allowed the defender to join Celtic on a loan deal in 2019.

During his temporary spell with the Bhoys, Bauer won the Scottish Premiership and the Scottish League Cup. His time at Celtic Park was cut short by Covid-19.

Transfermarkt interviewed the Austria international, where he insisted he’s delighted to have spent time at Celtic, but regrets his early departure from Scotland.

“The time at Celtic was very special. I still get goose bumps today when I think of the home games at Celtic Park,” Bauer old Transfermarkt.

“The fans and the atmosphere are incredible, simply world class. Unfortunately, due to the pandemic, the season had to be ended earlier and that also completely changed the overall situation.”

Transfermarkt say that he was explaining his regret at how things ended with Celtic.