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Braafheid in deadline day switch to Celtic

Shortly before the winter transfer deadline on Monday, Bayern have announced the departure of another member of the senior squad. Defender Edson Braafheid, capped five times by the Netherlands, has signed for Glasgow giants Celtic on loan until the end of the season.

Following the departures of Luca Toni (AS Roma), Alexander Baumjohann (Schalke 04), and Andreas Ottl and Breno (both FC Nürnberg), Braafheid becomes the fifth player to leave Munich during the mid-season transfer period. The 26-year-old only arrived at Bayern last summer from Dutch championship runners-up Twente Enschede, but has been unable to establish a regular place in the FCB team.

Van Bommel: He’s been unlucky

In the Bundesliga, the left-sided defender made eight appearances in the first 11 matches of the season, five of them as a member of the starting line-up. Since then, his only appearance was a brief run-out as a substitute against Hertha Berlin in the last match before Christmas. Braafheid also made three appearances for Bayern in the DFB Cup, and two in the Champions League.

“He’s been unlucky,” the player’s fellow-countryman and club captain Mark van Bommel commented. “When he played, the team as a whole wasn’t playing well. You can’t play to your potential in those circumstances. He’s not been able to show what he can do.” With a shade more luck, Eddi will now have more success with Celtic in that respect.