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Rivaldo Coetzee's deal to Scottish giants Celtic falls through

8:03 PM GMT 26/08/2017
Ajax Cape Town, Rivaldo Coetzee
Ajax reached an agreement with Celtic over the sale of Coetzee, but the defender will no longer be moving to Scotland having failed his medical tests

Rivaldo Coetzee's transfer to Scottish giants Glasgow Celtic has fallen through, Ajax Cape Town confirmed in a statememt on Saturday night. 

According to the club, Coetzee failed his medical examination which he underwent in Johannesburg on Saturday. 

The 20-year-old had a knee injury which made it impossible for Celtic to offer him a deal.

Ajax revealed that they were not aware that Coetzee was carrying the injury, but they are fully committed in making sure that the player recovers fully from the injury. 

It is unclear if the Mother City club will consider local offers for the South Africa international, with the transfer window set to close in less than a week.

Kaizer Chiefs, Orlando Pirates and Mamelodi Sundowns are reportedly still interested in the player. 

Here's the statement released by Ajax Cape Town confirming that Coetzee will not be moving to Celtic:

Ajax Cape Town can confirm that Rivaldo Coetzee will return to the club from Johannesburg where the player was undergoing a medical examination ahead of a propsed transfer to Scottish Champions , Glasgow Celtic.

Following a routine medical examination carried out by the Celtic medical department they discovered an underlying problem with his right foot. The clubs were therefore unable to conclude the deal based on the medical information available. The player will return to Ajax Cape Town for further evaluation.

The injury has not hampered Coetzee to date having not missed out on any competitive action either for his club or the national team. Ajax Cape Town can confirm that they were not aware of any condition that would have potentially hampered a transfer to Celtic.

While disappointed that the deal could not be completed at this point the club are fully committed to giving the player the care and attention required in order to make a full recovery. Stuart Baxter, the Bafana Bafana head coach has been informed as Rivaldo had been called up for the upcoming matches against Cape Verde.