By John Reid
Rivaldo Coetzee has revealed his disappointment at his proposed summer transfer to Celtic falling through.
The then Ajax Cape Town player had agreed a move to Celtic Park, but a foot injury was found in the medical and the transfer was called off.
The player later joined Mamelodi Sundowns, but has yet to play for them after an operation.
Speaking to the Daily Record, Coetzee discussed the conversation he had with Brendan Rodgers after the transfer was cancelled.
“We spoke on the phone while I was doing my medical. He said I was his kind of a player, one that can play out from the back and is comfortable on the ball. And I can also defend as well.
“He knew that I was unfit and told me to get there as soon as possible so he can get my fitness up to speed but unfortunately, the deal fell through.
“I felt like I wanted to sink into the ground.”
Coetzee still wants to move to Europe in the future but it seems unlikely that he will ever move to Celtic Park.
Celtic return to action this weekend against Ross County, looking to extend their unbeaten domestic run of matches to 64 games.
The Hoops are then in European action, facing PSG in their penultimate Champions Game next Wednesday.
In other Celtic news, Brendan Rodgers hopes that Kieran Tierney plays in his natural position in the future.