Celtic flop Derk Boerrigter has announced his retirement from football after he was unable to find himself a new club.
The 31-year-old, who has constant injury problems in his spell with the Bhoys, has claimed that none of the clubs that expressed an interest in him were “worth bothering about”.
Incredibly, he also claimed not to be injury-prone, even though he only started eight games for the Hoops after joining the club from Ajax in 2013, in a deal worth £3million.
“I hoped that I could still find an attractive club and carry on playing football” he said, as quoted by the Scottish Sun.
“Some clubs did come in for me, but none of them were worth bothering about.
“People often think: ‘That Boerrigter is injury-prone’.
“But I have never had a serious muscle injury or a torn hamstring.
“Whenever I got injured it was as a result of a kick.”
The Dutchman proved to be such a drain on the Hoops’ finances that he was given a free transfer in 2016. The player must go down as one of the worst signings made by Neil Lennon during his spell as Hoops manager.
Football Insider verdict
Boerrigter’s comments really are quite incredible, particularly the part about his injuries. The player was incredibly injury prone during his three years in Glasgow, and suffered such notable injuries as a broken ankle and a serious knee injury in his time with the Hoops. The fact that he only played 26 matches in his three years in Glasgow – and 23 of them were in his first season with the Bhoys – says it all about his time in the club. As for his comments about the clubs that were interested in him, it’s hard to work why teams were interested in signing the player in the first place, when he seems to have such a bad attitude.
In other Celtic news, John Collins has praised Rangers’ recent from ahead of the Old Firm derby