Ronny Deila tells Derk Boerrigter to leave Celtic, hints at January transfer

Celtic boss Ronny Deila says it's time for Derk Boerrigter to leave the Bhoys.

Celtic boss Ronny Deila has told The Scotsman that it's best for everybody if winger Derk Boerrigter leaves the club during the January transfer window.

Boerrigter, 29, had starred in the Netherlands with Haarlem, Zwolle, Waalwijk and Ajax, scoring 59 goals during his years with Dutch clubs.

In 2013, the wide man joined Celtic, but his time in Glasgow has been miserable with just 26 appearances to his name in two-and-a-half years with the Bhoys.

Only three appearances under Ronny Deila last season showed that Boerrigter wasn't in the plans, and whilst his injury problems have stunted his development at Celtic, the signing of winger Gary Mackay-Steven in January further proved Boerrigter didn't have a place under Deila.

Boerrigter hasn't featured this season either, and has only been seen in the club's Under-21 side during the course of 2015, with many fans even forgetting that he is still a Celtic player.

With the January transfer window drawing ever closer, manager Deila has told The Scotsman that it's 'good for everybody' if Boerrigter leaves next month.

Deila added that even with Boerrigter fit and training, Celtic simply have better players than him right now, and he should leave to play football elsewhere. 

"I think this has gone so far now that it is good for him and good for everybody that he tries to find a place to play because he is not a youngster," said Deila. "He is a guy who should be a good age to play football. I think it’s good for him to start playing games somewhere. He’s a good football player but he hasn’t reached it here. We’ll see if something happens in this window."

“In the beginning he was injured for almost a year. Now, he hasn’t been injured. He’s in training. We have to pick a squad and we felt that we had other players that were better than him," he added.

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