This article forms part of our Total Duds feature series, which is where Football Transfer Tavern takes a look at how a player has fared since being signed or sold, using statistical figures and statements from pundits to prove how bad a deal the club got.
Celtic fans may have been excited when they signed Dutch attacker Derk Boerrigter for £2.25m back in 2013, per Transfermarkt. The left winger was a two-time Eredivisie champion and had Champions League experience to his name whilst also scoring 16 goals and picking up nine assists in 66 appearances for Ajax, per Transfermarkt.
However, the forward only managed three years at the Parkead club, and in those three years he made just 26 appearances in all competitions, scoring one goal and picking up two assists, per Transfermarkt.
Clearly it just wasn’t meant to work out for him at Celtic, but his woes may have had less to do with his performances and more to do with his injuries, which caused him to miss 39 games whilst at the club, per Transfermarkt.
His injury agony seemed to make up Celtic’s mind and they saw him as surplus to requirements as they released him in April 2016. Boerrigter eventually retired as he could not find a club after Celtic released him, which was probably due to his injury struggles.
It was a sad spell and would have been frustrating for both the club and Boerrigter as the Hoops ended up wasting more than £2m on the winger, who never managed to make an impact at Parkhead.
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