By Danny Wright
Brendan Rodgers has confirmed that Rivaldo Coetzee is close to becoming Celtic’s fourth signing of the summer after he reached an agreement with the club.
The Hoops manager also announced that the 20-year-old defender is due to undergo a medical with the Scottish champions before his move to Parkhead from Ajax Cape Town is completed.
The South African club has already confirmed that Coetzee is on his way to Celtic after an agreement was reached between the two clubs, however there has been no word out of the Glasgow side at this stage, with him seemingly set to finalise his move in the coming days.
Speaking after Celtic’s aggregate win over Astana in the Champions League on Tuesday, Rodgers was shown on the official Twitter account of BT Sport Football as saying that he is excited about Coetzee’s imminent arrival.
“I believe there’s been an agreement,” he said. “Obviously there’s his medical and whatnot to go through.
“He’s an outstanding young player that we think can help us, but it’s not complete yet.”
"He's an outstanding young player."
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Celtic struggled in Kazakhstan on Tuesday night and have recently been forced to play youngster Kristoffer Ajer and midfielder Nir Bitton in the centre of defence due to injuries plaguing the regular members of their backline.
Coetzee is now set to become the Hoops’ fourth summer signing after Jonny Hayes, Kundai Benyu and Olivier Ntcham all arrived earlier this summer.
Football Insider Verdict
Celtic definitely need a player like Coetzee in their squad and it seems that his transfer will be completed in the coming days. This will no doubt cure a major headache for Rodgers, whose side looked laughable at times on Tuesday as they were exposed multiple times by an average Astana side. Coetzee is a fully fledged international and has been part of the Ajax CT squad for the past few seasons. The Cape Town club have links to Dutch giants Ajax and as a result have very good resources compared to some of their league rivals. Coetzee is no doubt benefited from that and it is perhaps why he is destined to play top-level football in Europe in the near future.