Surely the time has come for Derk Boerrigter to leave Celtic

This Celtic player is surely moving on this summer, but will any clubs be interested in him?

In recent comments published in The Scotsman Celtic manager Ronny Deila explained that he was likely to trim his playing squad ahead of the new campaign.

Having won a league and cup double last season, big things are expected of the Bhoys in Deila’s second campaign in charge, but it seems some players are unlikely to play a part.

“It’s important to develop the club that way and if you have too big a squad and if they end up at 23, 24, 25, a 26-year-old who is number 26 in the squad, there’s no future for them," the Norwegian said.

Those comments are likely to concern a few players currently on Celtic’s books but surely the one most likely to leave this summer is 28-year-old Derk Boerrigter.

Signed from Ajax back in 2013 on a four-year deal, the winger has featured just 26 times for Celtic’s first-team since then, scoring one goal and providing two assists in the process.

That is not exactly the kind of form Celtic fans would have expected from a player who had appeared 66 times for the Dutch side and who had scored 57 club goals in total prior to his arrival in Scotland.

On paper it was a canny signing for the Bhoys and yet in truth it has been anything but and when Deila talks about players getting on a bit but not making any impact on the first-team, Boerrigter comes quickly to mind.

The problem is, with two years left on his current contract and with so little senior football in recent times, who is going to take a punt on the wide-man?

Perhaps terminating the player’s contract is the best option for all concerned, although if he is made available there is a chance a side in his homeland will remember what he has done there in the past and make Celtic a bid they would surely be happy to accept.

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