Hooiveld has no regrets
Dutch defender still happy with decision to join Celtic
Last Updated: January 20, 2011 11:37am
Hooiveld: Wanted to play more
Celtic defender Jos Hooiveld does not regret joining the SPL giants despite struggling to make an impact at Parkhead.
The defender signed a year ago from Swedish club AIK Solna, but injury curtailed his hopes of making an immediate impression in Glasgow.
Thomas Rogne and Daniel Majstorovic have formed a solid partnership of late and with Kelvin Wilson arriving the club have allowed the Dutchman to leave on loan.
Hooiveld is disappointed not to have played more games for Celtic, but insists he has no regrets over his switch to Scotland.
The 27-year-old will spend the rest of the campaign on loan at FC Copenhagen and he is relishing the prospect of playing for the Danish champions.
"I'm disappointed not to have played more games for Celtic but that's football," he told Herald Sport.
"These things happen and you just need to move forward with your career. I am sad to leave.
"I don't regret signing for Celtic. It has been an incredible honour to play for a club with such history, tradition and passion.
"The atmosphere of the club is unique. I only played a few games but nobody will ever be able to take that away from me.
"I was part of a very talented squad of players and I am convinced Celtic will win the league this season.
"We have had a hard time through injury this season but when everybody is fit, it is a squad full of incredible individuals.
"Sometimes I think about what might have happened had I not got injured," he continued.
"It was my second game, I was just starting my Celtic career and the injury could not have happened at a worse time. It killed me.
"After that, I was never able to show the Celtic fans what I could do.
"Copenhagen are a famous club. They are the Danish champions and we have a big European game coming up against Chelsea. This is a fantastic opportunity for me."