Report: Celtic-linked Milan van Ewijk in talks with Heerenveen

By David Walton

May 5, 2021

Celtic-linked Milan van Ewijk is in talks over a proposed move from ADO Den Haag to Heerenveen, according to Dutch outlet AD.

The Scottish Sun reported back in March that the Hoops had sent scouts over to Holland to see the right-back in action. This comes ahead of a major summer rebuild at Parkhead in which we’re not scheduled to have a recognised right-back at the club for next season.

The Sun believed that Schalke, Hamburg, Darmstadt, and Gent were all interested in the player. But according to AD, it’s Heerenveen who look set to close in on him.

AD state that a fee of €750k (£650k) has been agreed between the two Dutch clubs for the 20-year-old. In addition to that, a substantial sell-on percentage has also been agreed. With only a year left on his Den Haag contract, it’s no surprise Heerenveen have been able to strike such a cheap deal.

But you wonder whether Celtic may have missed a trick here. With over 40 appearances in the Eredivisie [Transfermarkt], Celtic could’ve nabbed a young talent with a sizable chunk of experience to his name.

Celtic need a right-back; Milan van Ewijk doesn’t look like being it

So it looks as though we’re going to miss out. There’s nothing in the report from AD about anything potentially getting in the way of the transfer. Nothing about Celtic or any other club rivalling Heerenveen for the youngster.

That’s perhaps to be expected of course. Celtic are without a manager and therefore should hardly be making too many decisions on the rebuild before one is appointed. However, Liam Shaw was signed not long before Neil Lennon left, whilst Patryk Klimala has been allowed to depart. Someone is clearly capable of making big transfer decisions at the club just now.

Van Ewijk looks as though he would’ve been a shrewd investment however. An overlapping full-back, van Ewijk plays the way in which Celtic like their full-backs to play. And at only £650k, it would’ve come with minimal risk.

ADO Den Haag defender Milan van Ewijk (Photo by Laurens Lindhout/Soccrates/Getty Images)

Celtic need to get a move on in any case. Not to try and disrupt the van Ewijk transfer, but because of the lack of time we have on our hands. It’s only two months until the Champions League qualifiers get underway. We still need a new manager to assess the squad and calculate what improvements he feels need to be made before then.

The rebuild clearly won’t be complete by then, but at the very least we should be in a much healthier position. And part of that will include two new right-backs given the losses we’ve suffered in that position.

As for van Ewijk, good luck to him wherever he moves to. But Celtic Park doesn’t look like being his next destination.

In other news, Celtic should solve their left-back issues by getting back in touch with PSG.