Middendorp: 3 reasons I joined Celtic

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The former Maritzburg United coach was welcomed to Celtic at a press conference at Siwelele Park, the club’s training ground in Bayswater.

Middendorp has signed a three-year deal with the club, and held his first training session today.

“I would like to firstly thank Clinton Larsen for the outstanding job he did at Celtic, stabilising the team for three seasons,” Celtic chairman Jimmy Augousti says on the club’s official website.

“His sudden resignation took the whole club by surprise but senior management had to act quickly and by Tuesday last week we decided we wanted the services of Middendorp.

“So after a few days’ negotiation we managed to secure his services on a three-year contract.

“It is obvious that given his sudden arrival and the fact he has not had the luxury of pre-season training and considering the fact we have only won once in six League outings, his mandate is not quite the same as for Larsen.

“We would like Middendorp to stabilise the team and finish well within the top eight,” he said.

Middendorp, who took up the option of a buyout clause in his contract with Maritzburg, says he is pleased with the high standard of his new squad.

“There were three factors that helped make my mind up; firstly the incredible supporters which all PSL coaches know about and admire,” the coach says.

“Secondly, the infrastructure here at the club is top-class and with the great facilities it makes my job easier to instil my structures.

“And thirdly the quality of the squad is of a high standard and I believe that we have all facets covered, namely defence, midfield and attack.”

Middendorp’s first match in charge is against Moroka Swallows on Tuesday, October 22.

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