By Danny Wright
Ajax Cape Town have confirmed that Rivaldo Coetzee’s transfer to Celtic has hit the skids after the defender failed a medical in Glasgow.
Hoops boss Brendan Rodgers has previously made it clear that Coetzee, 20, was on the verge of joining the Scottish champions, but Ajax CT have now announced on their official Twitter account and official website that a problem with his right foot has seen the deal fall through.
— Ajax Cape Town (@ajaxcapetown) August 26, 2017
The South African club have confirmed that Celtic discovered an “underlying problem” with Coetzee’s right foot and decided to back out of the deal as a result.
Ajax CT were unaware of such a problem as the South African international is yet to miss any of their matches through injury.
After what is no doubt a huge transfer blow for Celtic, who are in desperate need of a new centre-back, Coetzee has returned to the Cape Town club to undergo a full recovery and has also been named in the South Africa international squad.
Football Insider Verdict
This is no doubt a massive blow for Celtic because it appeared as though the deal was done until this issue was raided by the club’s medical staff. The deal for Coetzee has been in the offing for quite some time, so Rodgers and the club’s recruitment experts will surely be annoyed by what now appears to be a waste of time. Unfortunately this is the kind of issue that club’s must expect when dealing with sides that don’t have the facilities that teams do in the UK. Celtic will have no doubt learned vital lessons from this, but they may now be forced into panic buying a centre-back who isn’t as good as Coetzee or will cost more money.
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