'We are proud': Utrecht director reacts after landing Celtic linked Maher

Neil Lennon, Interim manager of Celtic reacts during the Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership match between Celtic and Hearts at Celtic Park on May 19, 2019 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Celtic reportedly wanted to take Adam Maher to the Scottish Premiership but instead he's staying in the Eredivisie with Utrecht.

Adam Maher of AZ Alkmaar during the Dutch Eredivisie  match between AZ Alkmaar v PSV at the AFAS Stadium on May 12, 2019 in Alkmaar Netherlands

So a Dutch international playmaker will not be joining Celtic this summer after all.

A 25-year-old midfielder with a handful of Holland caps to his name, De Telegraaf claimed that Celtic were looking to snap up Adam Maher on a free transfer this summer once his short-term deal at AZ Alkmaar came to an end.

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Though injuries have taken their toll in recent years, preventing Maher from following in the footsteps of his former PSV team-mates Gini Wijnaldum and Memphis Depay, his enduring vision and class would have added a dash of much-needed cutting edge to Celtic’s midfield.

 

But with his former AZ coach John Van den Brom taking up the reigns at Eredivisie rivals Utrecht, Maher always seemed likely to follow him to the Stadion Galgenwaard instead.

And that is how it transpired, Maher signing a three-year deal with Utrecht on Monday.

While Celtic have been left disappointed as a hugely promising playmaker slips through their grasp, Utrecht’s director Jordy Zuidam could hardly be more delighted.

“Adam is strong at reading the game and he anticipates it well, so he intercepts many balls. On the ball, he can make a difference with his qualities,” a clearly thrilled Zuidam said, telling AD all about his exciting new signing.

“We are proud that a player of his calibre chooses us and are convinced that he will add some extra (quality) to the team."

Celtic will have to look elsewhere for a midfielder capable of carving apart opposition defences at will.

(L-R) Adam Maher of AZ Alkmaar, Luuk de Jong of PSV during the Dutch Eredivisie  match between AZ Alkmaar v PSV at the AFAS Stadium on May 12, 2019 in Alkmaar Netherlands

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