DUTCH central defender Jos Hooiveld arrived as a £1.4million signing from AIK Stockholm on a three-and-a-half year contract in January 2010.

Tony Mowbray brought in the 26-year-old after his impressive season in Sweden following a move from Finish side Inter Turku, but the manager was sacked only two months later after a humiliating 4-0 loss to St Mirren in Paisley.

Neil Lennon took over in a caretaker capacity before getting the post on a permanent basis the following summer.

He didn’t rate Hooiveld as highly as his predecessor and the defender, after only nine first-team appearances, was on his way in December the following year.

ON THE RUN…Jos Hooiveld during a rare Celtic first-team outing.

Injury hampered the player at Parkhead which curtailed his outings as Lennon settled on a central defensive partnership of Daniel Majstorovic – known as Desperate Dan – and either Thomas Rogne or Charlie Mulgrew.

Nottingham Forest’s Kelvin Wilson arrived on a pre-contract agreement in January 2011 and Hooiveld was loaned to FC Copenhagen for the remainder of the season. The Dutchman then went on another temporary transfer to Southampton and the deal was made permanent before the turn of the year.

In January 2015, he was on his travels again as he joined Millwall on loan for the remainder of the term after previously having a stint at Norwich City.

In July that year, Hooiveld returned for a second spell at AIK and he moved onto homeland club Twente in January 2017. Eighteen months later, he joined California-based Orange County of the United Soccer League.

In December 2018, the centre-back announced he was retiring from football.

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