Celtic will go back in for summer transfer target Rivaldo Coetzee in the future, according to the manager of the club the South African currently plays for.

The 20-year-old failed a fitness test with the Bhoys in August, which meant that the Glasgow giants pulled out of a deal believed to be worth £800,000.

The South African defender was said to be out for anything between nine and 12 months with an issue with his foot, but that no longer appears to be the case, which has opened up the potential for Celtic to go in for him again.

Coetzee has since left Ajax Cape Town and headed for the Mamelodi Sundowns, and their manager Pitso Mosimane believes his man will be back within three months. He also feels Brendan Rodgers will come back in for the star.

“Medically his condition will be sorted. He does not have to go through an operation which would rule him out for nine months like everybody said.” he is quoted as saying by the Evening Times.

“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.

“Football is a game of moments. He is available, you’ve got to take the chance. Do you want to lose this chance to sign a 20-year-old?

“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.”

Whether Rodgers goes back in for him or not remains to be seen, but before then he will aim to move Celtic clear at the top in the Scottish Premiership and nearer to qualification in the Champions League.

His side host Dundee in domestic action on Saturday afternoon, before they head to the Allianz Arena to take on the Bundesliga winners Bayern Munich on Wednesday in the Champions League.

Celtic have had issues at the back this season as injuries have kept the likes of Dedryck Boyata and Erik Sviatschenko on the sidelines for prolonged periods.

As such, Rodgers could well look to add a new player at centre-half to his squad in January, but whether this will be Coetzee or not remains to be seen.


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