Is Derk Boerrigter's absence from latest first-team squad a sign he has no future at Celtic?

What does the future hold for one of Celtic's forgotten players?

With the Scottish Premiership title in the bag and games running out this season, Celtic manager Ronny Deila gave some of his fringe players a chance in Friday’s clash against St Johnstone.

While the likes of back-up goalkeeper Lukasz Zaluska and young defender Kieran Tierney started the match, there were places on the substitutes’ bench for Charlie Mulgrew and Tom Rogic, both of whom have recently returned from injury.

That duo, along with another previously injured player Derk Boerrigter, all started for Celtic’s under-20 side in last week’s 4-3 defeat to St Mirren, and while it was the Dutch winger who scored in that game, he was the only one of the three to be omitted from Friday’s senior squad.

So could that be the clearest sign yet that Boerrigter’s time at Celtic Park is coming to an end?

After all, if Deila wanted to give him a first-team chance – either from the start or from the bench as he did with Mulgrew – he would have had few better chances.

And with Boerrigter scoring last week, he made a clear statement that he was back to fitness after just 26 senior appearances since his arrival from Ajax on a four-year deal.

With two years left on that contract, it will be interesting to see if there are any interested suitors this summer.

With one game left this season, he could still find himself back in the Celtic first-team before having a summer to really prove himself. But Deila’s latest team selection suggests the 28-year-old has some way to go before he has won the Norwegian over.

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