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Derk Boerrigter could make swift Celtic start after finalising transfer

Updated: Wednesday, 31 Jul 2013 10:16 | Comments

Dutch winger Derk Boerrigter has become Celtic's fourth signing of the close season following the completion of deals for Amido Balde, Steven Mouyokolo and Virgil van Dijk
Dutch winger Derk Boerrigter has become Celtic's fourth signing of the close season following the completion of deals for Amido Balde, Steven Mouyokolo and Virgil van Dijk

Celtic fans could get the chance to see new signing Derk Boerrigter tonight after the Dutchman was put into the squad for the Champions League third qualifying round first leg against Elfsborg following the completion of his move from Ajax.

The 26-year-old signed a four-year deal subject to international clearance last night after completing a medical in Glasgow.

Celtic boss Neil Lennon said earlier in the day that, if all went well, Boerrigter would be in contention for the game against the Swedish champions and waxed lyrical about his attributes.

"He is the type of player we have been looking for, for a while," said Lennon. "He is a very fast, direct, left-footed player who has goals in him with his left and right foot.

"He is also very powerful. He has good experience and he has played at a high level for the last two or three years."

After reaching the last 16 of the competition last season, Celtic defender Charlie Mulgrew is looking for more of the same and realises the importance of the tie against the Swedes.

He said: "We enjoyed the Champions League last year but to get there you need to win ties like this.

"It will be a tough match and we will all need to be up for it.

"We know how big it is for our season. Everyone involved at the club wants to be involved in the Champions League again so we will be doing all we can to be there."

Elfsborg boss Jorgen Lennartsson reiterated that he would play Mo Bangura, on loan from Celtic, against the wishes of the Parkhead club.

He said: "We want to win the game. I don't have any problems with Celtic saying that they don't want him to play, that is normal, but we do the best things for Elfsborg."

Lennartsson then tried to put pressure on the Hoops by saying: "We feel we are big underdogs. We know Celtic are a good side but we feel we have a wonderful situation because we feel we can play totally without pressure, all the pressure is on Celtic.

"We know that they have already won their domestic league before it has started - almost - so the Champions League is very important to Celtic.

"So we feel it is a wonderful situation for us and we like that very much."

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