By Danny Wright

16th Aug, 2017 | 1:04pm

Brendan Rodgers responds to confirmed Celtic interest in international defender

By Danny Wright

Brendan Rodgers has asserted that a potential move for South Africa international Rivaldo Coetzee will only materialise if the player becomes available.

Ajax Cape Town’s technical director Mich d’Avray has already confirmed that the Hoops had sent their scouts to keep tabs on the defender and made it clear that he was prepared to listen to offers for him.

D’Avray’s comments will surely be a boost to the Bhoys, who are short of options in the centre of their defence with Erik Sviatchenko and Dedryck Boyata sidelined with injury.

With the door seemingly open for Rodgers to make an offer for the international defender, the Parkhead boss has still remained coy about his chances of landing him.

“It’s really about the availability of a player,” said Rodgers when asked about Coetzee, as quoted by South African news outlet Sport 24.

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“We’ll look to bring in quality if it becomes available. It’s something we have been working towards over the course of the last few weeks.”

IOL has reported that Celtic aren’t the only team in the hunt for Coetzee with European sides Brondby and KV Oostende also interested as well as Ajax CT’s domestic rivals Mamelodi Sundowns and Orlando Pirates.

Coetzee became the youngest ever player to represent the senior South Africa squad when he made his debut at the age of 17.

He has since earned 16 caps for Bafana Bafana and is a regular part of the Ajax CT squad in the South African top-flight.

In other Celtic news, Rodgers has shared his worries about not being able to complete this deal.

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