Why on earth is Derk Boerrigter still at Celtic?

The Celtic player clearly has no future in the first-team but could he still see out his contract?

When Celtic announced their latest under-20 starting line-up for Tuesday’s clash with Ross County there was one name that caught the eye in particular – Derk Boerrigter.

When a 28-year-old takes part in a development squad game it is usually when they are on their way back from injury, but when it comes to Boerrigter, this is the level he has got used to in recent times.

Since signing from Ajax back in 2013 the Dutch winger has appeared on just 26 occasions for Celtic’s first-team, scoring one goal and providing two assists in the process, and only three of those matches came last season.

A knee injury played its part for the first half of the last campaign but more recently Boerrigter has looked no closer to breaking through for Ronny Deila’s side, begging the question: Why on earth is he still at Celtic?

The fact that he initially signed a four-year contract is almost certainly a factor, with other clubs clearly not feeling strongly enough about him to make an acceptable bid, but what a waste it has been for a player who is clearly not going to get chances at Celtic now.

Had he left either permanently or on loan this summer he could have rebuilt his career elsewhere, but as it is he seems no closer to getting the first-team football he has been missing for so long, with the possibility of him seeing out his contract and leaving on a free transfer looking increasingly likely.

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