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Phakaaathi Reporter
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22 Aug 2017
9:27 am

Bafana defender Coetzee set to complete Celtic switch

Phakaaathi Reporter

Ajax Cape Town have confirmed that defender Rivaldo Coetzee has agreed to a move to Scottish giants Glasgow Celtic.

Rivaldo Coetzee of Ajax Cape Town (Ryan Wilkisky/BackpagePix)

As reported by Phakaaathi earlier, Celtic were close to signing the Bafana defender and he could be unveiled as Celtic’s new signing before the end of this week.

READ: Scottish giants close in on Coetzee

Now Ajax have confirmed that the 20-year-old defender will join Celtic, subject to receiving a work permit and completing a medical.

“Coetzee, who joined Ajax Cape Town as a fresh-faced 15-year-old, will now be aiming to make a name for himself at one of the globe’s most iconic and successful club sides,” read a statement on the club’s official website.

“Former Liverpool head coach, Brendan Rodgers, is currently in charge at Celtic Park, with the Northern Irishman having closely monitored Coetzee’s progress with club representatives having travelled to the Mother City this year.

“Rodgers believes Coetzee is a perfect fit for Celtic, as he is a ball-playing dual-footed centre-back with an impressive range of pass – set to bolster the club’s ranks,” added the statement.

READ: Scottish giants keen on Rivaldo Coetzee