Boerrigter: ‘I didn’t have to think long’ about joining Celtic

Derk Boerrigter admits it was not a hard decision to sign a four-year contract with Celtic.

Derk Boerrigter admits it was not a hard decision to sign a four-year contract with Celtic.

The 26-year old winger joined the Hoops from Dutch giants Ajax for £3million this week and is looking forward to proving himself with one of Europe’s biggest clubs.

"I really wanted to leave Ajax and there was a lot of interest from other clubs but when Celtic came I didn't have to think long," he said.

"Celtic is a very big club in Europe. In Holland we know them well.

"When I went to Ajax I played very well and even made it to the national team. But because of a back injury I was out for a couple of months and when I got fit again it was hard for me to get back to my old level.

"Eventually the coach put me on the bench and at that point I thought 'I am too good to sit on the bench, I want to play'.”

And Boerrigter was hoping to use his performances at Celtic to win over Holland boss Louis van Gaal.

"I want to play every game. I don't like to sit on the bench. I spoke to him about my situation, I wasn't happy about it. So for that reason it was better for me to leave,” he added.

"It is a new opportunity for me to play and to play well and I hope the coach of the international team will visit me and see what I am capable of."

 
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