Celtic's Derk Boerrigter eyes regular starting place

Derk Boeriggter

Derk Boerrigter says he moved to Celtic because he is too good to be consigned to the bench with Ajax.

Boerrigter, 26, signed a four-year deal with Celtic but missed out on Wednesday's 1-0 Champions League first leg win against Elfsborg due to injury.

And the winger revealed he is seeking a regular place in Neil Lennon's side.

"I want to play every game. I don't like to sit on the bench. So, for that reason, it was better for me to leave," said Boerrigter.

The former RKC Waalwijk winger says Celtic fans will get a hard-working and confident player when he takes to the field.

"I am a left winger. I am very fast, a good dribbler with a good shot and I can give good crosses," said Boerrigter.

"I am here to win championships and perform very well in the Champions League.

"I won three titles in a row in Holland, the first with RKC Waalwijk in the Second Division and then twice in a row with Ajax, so I hope I can make it four in a row."

Boerrigter described his unhappiness at falling out of favour with Ajax after recovering from a back problem.

"I really wanted to leave Ajax and there was a lot of interest from other clubs, but when Celtic came I didn't have to think long," said Boerrigter.

"Celtic is a very big club in Europe. In Holland, we know them well.

"When I went to Ajax, I played very well and even made it to the national team.

"But, because of a back injury, I was out for a couple of months and, when I got fit again, it was hard for me to get back to my old level.

"Eventually, the coach put me on the bench and, at that point, I thought 'I am too good to sit on the bench, I want to play'.

"It is a new opportunity for me to play and to play well and I hope the coach of the international team will visit me and see what I am capable of."

The player is hoping to feature against Elfsborg in the return game in Sweden next Wednesday with Celtic 1-0 up from Wednesday's tie.

However, he will have recovered from an ankle knock to make his debut against Ross County when Celtic begin the defence of their title on Saturday.

"About a week ago, I got a kick on my ankle, but I have almost fully recovered and I trained on the pitch today with the squad and it went well," he explained.