With so many prima donnas swamping football these days, humble Dutch defender Jos Hooiveld has arrived in Scottish football like the proverbial breath of fresh air as the so-called “new Sami Hyypia” filmed his first impressions at joining Scottish giants Celtic.
26-year-old Hooiveld was snapped up from Swedish side AIK Solna for a fee of around Â£2m, and the 6.3ft central defender has penned a three-and-a-half year deal with the Bhoys.
Hooiveld, who started his career with Dutch outfit Heerenveen, came to prominence during his time in Finland with Inter Turku. Local pundits dubbed him the “new Sami Hyypia” due to his leadership skills coupled with his timing, passing and aerial strength in defence. This coincided with Hooiveld winning the 2008 Finnish defender of the year award, before the defender was snapped up AIK Solna in 2009.
In Sweden Hooiveld was part of an all-conquering double winning AIK side, while he also continue his personal development being nominated for the Allsvenskan defender of the year award.
On signing for Celtic this week Hooiveld took a video camera around with him as his explored Celtic Park, with the Dutchman clearly shocked by what he saw. As he walked out on the pitch Hooiveld commented “the stadium is really big!” before he appeared taken aback when told that the ground is almost full every week.
Later Hooiveld took time out to send a direct message to the Celtic fans while also explaining his feelings on making the move to Scotland. Calling it a “dream transfer to a huge club,” Hooiveld appeared overwhelmed as he rambled towards to camera, stating his commitment “to work as hard as he can to get into the hearts of Celtic fans.”
Watch Jos Hooiveld’s video here.