Rodgers Breaks Silence On ‘Outstanding’ Coetzee Signing
Brendan Rodgers Has Spoken About Bafana's Rivaldo Coetzee
Glasgow Celtic’s head coach, Brendan Rodgers, has finally spoken out about the signing of Rivaldo Coetzee from Ajax Cape Town, although insisted that it’s not a done deal yet.
The 20-year-old is on the brink of joining the Scottish giants after the two clubs agreed to terms earlier this week, with the move subject to both a medical and a work permit.
Speaking after Celtic – who beat Astana 8-4 on aggregate – secured their spot in the group stages of this year’s UEFA Champions League, Rodgers spoke to BT Sport about the pending arrival of the Bafana Bafana international.
He said, “Well I believe there’s been an agreement. There’s a medical and whatnot to go through. He’s an outstanding young player that we think can help us, but it’s not complete yet.”
Meanwhile, on the topic of whether ‘Riva’ would go in as an automatic starter or be a player for the future, he replied, “Well it’s something that we’ll look at when he comes in. He’s obviously in his pre-season as well, but we’ll see. It’s not just for the now, it’s for the longer term.
“He’s a player that can come straight in, he’s a full international player so has great qualities - good defensive qualities - and if we can get that done then it’ll be a very good signing for us.”
Coetzee is expected to finalise his move to Scotland within the next week.