By Alex Stevens
Celtic have agreed to pay off flop winger Derk Boerrigter and terminate his contract three months early.
The club’s assistant manager John Collins has confirmed that the Dutchman has exited Celtic Park before his three-year deal was due to end.
Boerrigter, 29, was signed from Ajax in July 2013, with the Scottish champions paying a fee of £3million.
However, the wide man has not made a first-team appearance since August 2014 and played only 25 matches in total during a wretched three-year spell at the club.
Celtic announced a four-year contract on signing Boerrigter, who scored just a single goal for the club, but the player’s representative told BBC Scotland that just three months remained on the deal.
“We give everyone a chance,” said assistant manager John Collins, as quoted by the BBC. “Sometimes it doesn’t work out and unfortunately for Derk and for us it didn’t.
“He moves on and we wish him all the very best. We try and keep everybody involved and everyone gets an opportunity and when you get the opportunity you have to take it.
“That’s football, it’s the same the world over.”
Boerrigter’s final appearance came as a sub in the 1-0 home defeat to Maribor in August 2014, which cost Ronny Deila’s side a place in the Champions League.
Two weeks before that he was handed a two-game ban by the SFA for diving to win Celtic a penalty in a league victory over St Johnstone.