Does Celtic's Rashid Sumaila interest bring an end to Rivaldo Coetzee's dream move?

Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers is seen during the Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership match between Celtic and Hibernian at Celtic Park Stadium on September 30, 2017 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Rivaldo Coetzee would have signed for Celtic if it wasn't for a failed medical this summer.

Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers is seen during the Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership match between Celtic and Hibernian at Celtic Park Stadium on September 30, 2017 in Glasgow, Scotland.

With Celtic sitting comfortably at the top of the Scottish Premiership table, some of the hand-wringing surrounding their defensive injury problems this season look a little melodramatic.

After all, The Bhoys are still clear favourites to lift another league title and already have a trophy under their belt this season. Nonetheless, with Jozo Simunovic, Erik Sviatchenko and Dedryck Boyata all missing chunks of the season through injury, reports in the Scottish Sun that Celtic want a new defender in January make sense.

Though it appears that Rashid Sumaila, rather than Rivaldo Coetzee, looks most likely to be handed his big break in Europe.

Denmark's player Yurary Poulsen (R) eludes South Africa's Rivaldo Coetzee during their Rio 2016 Olympic Games First Round Group A men's football match at the Mane Garrincha Stadium in...

Football Ghana reported on Monday that Brendan Rodgers’ side were eyeing Ghana international centre-back Sumaila, who plays for Kuwaiti side Al Qadsia and has piqued the interest of numerous British clubs following his fine displays this season.

And it seems that Celtic’s interest in Sumaila, who came close to joining his former Al-Gharafa boss Pedro Caixinha at Rangers in the summer (Daily Record), could signal the end of their move for Rivaldo Coetzee.

Dutch forward Arjen Robben (L) argues with Ghanian defender Rashid Sumaila during the friendly football match Netherlands vs Ghana at the Kuip Stadium in Rotterdam, The Netherlands, on May...

A South African international whose intelligence and composure in possession make him the archetypal Rodgers centre-back, the manager describing him as 'outsanding' back in August (The Sun), Coetzee would have swapped Ajax Cape Town for Celtic in August if it wasn’t for a failed medical, per the BBC.

But with Coetzee insisting that he wants to move to Europe as soon as possible, it appeared that Celtic would have no trouble getting their man so long as the 21-year-old proved his fitness.

Instead, however, it appears that another young, highly-rated African defender is on Celtic’s radar.

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