Report: Celtic interest in highly-rated South Africa international Rivaldo Coetzee

Coetzee Rivaldo #5 South Africa and Larsen Bruun #10 Denmark during a men's soccer match at Mane Garrincha Stadium during the Rio 2016 Olympic Games on August 7, 2016 in Brasilia, Brazil.

Celtic are reportedly keen on South African defender Rivaldo Coetzee.

According to The Scotsman, Celtic are understood to be interested in a deal to sign Ajax Cape Town's talented young defender Rivaldo Coetzee this summer.

The Bhoys made it two wins from two in the Scottish Premiership on Friday evening, as Olivier Ntcham's goal handed Celtic a 1-0 win away at Partick Thistle.

Coetzee Rivaldo #5 South Africa and Larsen Bruun #10 Denmark during a men's soccer match at Mane Garrincha Stadium during the Rio 2016 Olympic Games on August 7, 2016 in Brasilia, Brazil.Rivaldo Coetzee in action for South Africa

Whilst Celtic are the hot favourites to win the Scottish Premiership title yet again, manager Brendan Rodgers is still keen on more new signings before this month's transfer deadline, especially as the Bhoys face FC Astana of Kazakhstan in the Champions League play-offs.

With Kolo Toure retired and both Dedryck Boyata and Jozo Simunovic injured, another centre back should be a priority for Rodgers, with a youngster believed to be on Celtic's radar ahead of the transfer deadline later this month.

The Scotsman report that Celtic are keen on Ajax Cape Town defender Rivaldo Coetzee, with the Bhoys having just under three weeks to get a deal done for the youngster.

Coetzee, 20, has come up through the ranks with Ajax Cape Town, and he has been a regular for club and country since his breakthrough in 2014, with 22 international caps to his name already.

Coetzee Rivaldo #5 South Africa  Moerane Tebogo #17 Denmark and at Mane Garrincha Stadium during the Rio 2016 Olympic Games on August 7, 2016 in Brasilia, Brazil.Rivaldo Coetzee

Coetzee stands at just 5ft 10in tall, which many may consider to be too small for a centre back, but his pace and ability on the ball has seen him earn plaudits in South Africa.

Celtic are now believed to be interested in landing the defender, but with parent club Ajax no doubt aware of his ability too, the Bhoys may face something of a battle to sign the youngster this summer.

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