In Focus: Coetzee transfer could still be tempting for Rodgers

As reported by The Evening Times, Celtic have been tipped to make a move for a player they failed to sign in the summer transfer window, South African international Rivaldo Coetzee.

What’s the story?

Coetzee was on the verge joining in the Celtic, even completing a medical after his club announced on Twitter that they had reached agreement with the Hoops for his transfer.

Ultimately that move failed due to a reported underlying problem with his right foot, scuppering his dream move to Europe.

However, the defender did end up leaving Ajax Cape Town to join fellow South Africans Mamelodi Sundowns and it’s his current boss there who has discussed about a potential switch to Celtic still coming off.

As quoted by The Evening Times, Sundowns boss Pitso Mosimane said:

He does not have to go through an operation which would rule him out for nine months like everybody said. He will soon be back, I think three months maybe. The specialist gave us a report and we are happy with the report. I think when Brendan Rodgers sees the medical report again, he will be willing to have another look at the player again. Brendan Rodgers speaks so well about the boy because he has been watching his games. He has international experience. Just wait, Rivaldo is a good investment.

The player, who the paper report was going to move for £800,000 this summer, may have convinced Mosimane he was worth buying, but is he still a good investment for Celtic?

Defensive woes

The failure to sign a quality centre-back in the summer has left Celtic short at the back more than a few times since the transfer window shut, with Brendan Rodgers fielding fairly experimental back fours and back threes on a regular basis.

With the return of Dedryck Boyata they were boosted but injuries to Jozo Simunovic and Erik Sviatchenko have taken their toll and a move for a player like Coetzee still makes sense.

With 23 caps for South Africa and close to 100 professional appearances in the South African top-flight, the 20-year-old has progressed well in the early stages of his career.

The quality of coaching, training centre and teammates could bring his game to another level and Rodgers was obviously convinced previously he was worth signing, so why not now?