Celtic complete Dutch defender signing

Celtic today completed the signing of Dutch defender Jos Hooiveld on a three-and-a-half-year contract.

Celtic today completed the signing of Dutch defender Jos Hooiveld on a three-and-a-half-year contract.

The 26-year-old, who is the Hoops’ first January signing, has joined from AIK Solna for a fee reportedly in the region of £2m.

Hooiveld told his new club’s official website, www.celticfc.net: “I’m delighted to sign for a club of Celtic’s stature.

“Celtic has a magnificent history and is a club with great tradition and great supporters.”

He added: “Having visited the club and spoken to the manager, I feel this is the right place for me and I am very much looking forward to meeting up with my new team-mates and hopefully playing my part in bringing success to the club and our fans.”

Hoops boss Tony Mowbray said: “We are very pleased to welcome Jos to Celtic.

“He is a player who we believe can make an important contribution to the club and someone we look forward to working with.”

Hooiveld helped AIK win the Swedish double in his only season with the club, who have fallen on hard times financially.

The defender failed to make the grade at first club Heerenveen and was even rejected by Livingston after a trial there in 2005.

After a loan spell at Dutch second division side FC Zwolle, he moved to Austrian side Kapfenberger SV.

The following season, he joined Finnish club Inter Turku and earned himself a move to AIK two years later.

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