By Abigail Withey
Rivaldo Coetzee’s agent has confirmed that his client has agreed a three-year-deal with Celtic and should complete his move to the Glaswegian club over the next week.
The comments come soon after Hoops boss Brendan Rodgers confirmed that there had been an agreement with the Ajax Cape Town star, but didn’t give any further detail into the contract in question.
His representatives at Prosport International believes that he will rise to the challenge at Parkhead and revealed that they hoped the 20-year-old would be at the club soon.
“It’s an incredible opportunity for Riva to kick-start his career in Europe, and we have no doubt that he will rise to the challenge as he always does,” his agent Michael Makaab Jnr told Soccer Daluma.
“Celtic are excited to have him and we are hoping that in the coming week, once certain formalities are out of the way, the boy will be in Scotland starting his new chapter.
“Both parties are happy with the personal terms, we have agreed to a three-year deal plus a one-year option.”
The South Africa international moved up to the Ajax Cape Town senior team in 2014 and has made a total of 91 appearances across all competitions over the years.
Coetzee secured his first goal during his most recent appearance when his side faced the Golden Arrows in the ABSA Premiership.
Football Insider verdict
Celtic are in need of a new centre-back, so this confirmation will please fans, the boss and undoubtably the squad as well. Coetzee has shown that he has huge potential at such a young age, and at just 20-years-old the centre-back has already made 19 appearances for his country. The defender will slot perfectly into the squad and will no doubt make a difference as the club enter the Champions League following their dramatic aggregate win against Astana in the play-offs. His agent seems to think that he has the ability to step up to the level, which suggests that this is something the defender has been looking for. He’ll soon find out that he’s landed on one of the biggest stages of them all.