Sunday 21 January 2018

Blow for Kevin Doyle's Celtic hopes as Hoops sign Ajax striker Boerrigter

Celtic have signed Derk Boerrigter from Ajax on a four-year deal subject to international clearance, the club have confirmed on their official website.

The 26-year-old forward completed his medical in Glasgow today and becomes Neil Lennon's fourth recruit of the summer following the acquisitions of Amido Balde, Virgil Van Dijk and Steven Mouyokolo.

The Celtic boss said earlier in the day that Boerrigter would go straight into the squad for Champions League third qualifier against Swedish side Elfsborg at Parkhead tomorrow night if all went well with the medical.

Lennon said earlier in the day: "He is the type of player we have been looking for, for a while. "He is a very fast, direct, left-footed player who has goals in him with his left and right foot.

"He is also very powerful. He has good experience and he has played at a high level for the last two or three years."

Celtic did not disclose the fee for the former RKC Waalwijk and PEC Zwolle man.

Boerrigter made 30 appearances for Ajax last season in his second spell at the club, which included 13 from the bench, and scored five goals.

He began his professional career at the Amsterdam-based side in 2005 when he signed a two-year contract. However, Boerrigter only played for the youth team and although he started on the bench in several first-team games, he never made his full debut.

The winger rejoined the current Eredivisie champions in 2011 after a loan spell at the now defunct HFC Haarlem and two seasons apiece at Zwolle and RKC and scored for his side in the 4-1 Champions League defeat to Real Madrid last season.

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