Celtic sign Ajax winger Derk Boerrigter for reported £3 million


1569Celtic have announced the signing of Ajax winger Derk Boerrigter on a four-year deal, with a transfer fee of around £3 million paid to the Dutch side.

The 26-year-old could now play against Elfsborg tomorrow night, after he was signed ahead of tonight’s Champions League transfer deadline.

Boerrigter is manager Neil Lennon’s fourth summer signing following Amido Balde, Virgil Van Dijk and Steven Mouyokolo arriving at Parkhead.

He helped the Dutch giants to their 32nd Eredivisie league title, last season, in what was his second spell at the club.

Earlier in the day, Lennon talking to the assembled media about Boerrigter, said: “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.”

The winger spent his youth days at FC Twente, before being snapped up by Ajax as a teenager. Following a loan spell with HFC Haarlem, he moved to FC Zwolle when his Ajax contract expired.

During his stint with FC Zwolle he attracted a number of suitors with his performances and he signed for RKC Waalwijk in the summer of 2009.

Ajax were impressed by his form at RKC and snapped him up for a second time in 2011 and earned his first call-up for the Dutch national side in November 2011, but failed to play in either game against Switzerland or Germany.

He played 59 times for Ajax in his second spell at the Amsterdam Arena, 18 of those as a substitute and scored 14 times. Last season he played a total of 38 games scoring six times.


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