Celtic should give Gregory van der Wiel trial chance

By Hamish Carton

July 18, 2019

If Celtic are handing out trials to right-backs this summer then they should get on the phone to Gregory van der Wiel.

The 46-time Dutch cap has been without a club since March after falling out with the hierarchy at MLS side Toronto FC. The official MLS website reported that van der Wiel had been sent home from Toronto’s training camp in January after a disagreement with manager Greg Vanney.

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He made 34 appearances in his first season for the Canadian side, contributing four assists. Van der Wiel has also enjoyed spells with Ajax, PSG, Fenerbahce and Cagliari in a 12 year career.

At the age of 31 he’ll still feel he has a lot to offer. So could Celtic offer him a return back to European football?

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Van der Wiel would be a good option for Celtic

Celtic are clearly looking in the free agent market given the recent reports concerning Danny Simpson. The Scottish Sun say Neil Lennon will give the 32-year-old the chance to earn a deal by training with the first-team squad from next week.

Van der Wiel is a year younger than Simpson and has arguably had a better career to date. He’s won trophies with Ajax (5) and PSG (12) so clearly knows what it takes to get over the finishing line.

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Hopefully Celtic are aware that he is available if we want him. Of course, van der Wiel may not fancy a move to Scotland but what have we got to lose by asking him?