Jos vents Bhoys frustration
Jos Hooiveld insists his current spell on the sidelines has been the most frustrating time of his career.
Last Updated: 13/07/10 9:43am
Celtic's forgotten man Jos Hooiveld insists his current spell on the sidelines has been the most frustrating time of his career.
The Dutch defender has made just two SPL appearances for the Bhoys following his move from AIK Solna in the January transfer window.
Injury struck in just his second game at Kilmarnock, a hamstring blow that eventually curtailed the remainder of his debut campaign in Scotland.
Hooiveld tried on numerous occasions to return to action as soon as possible in a bid to help his new club, but those decisions only hampered his bid to achieve full fitness.
Celtic are now in the USA for their pre-season tour, a schedule which includes games against Philadelphia Union, Manchester United, Seattle Sounders and Sporting, and Hooiveld is determined to impress.
"It hasn't happened for me. It has been the most frustrating time of my entire career," Hooiveld told the Daily Record.
"I came here with expectations and determined to make a big difference but for the first time in my life, my body let me down.
"When you join a new club you want to show the fans what you can do, you want to make an impact. I haven't been able to do that.
"Things went from bad to worse and I was in some way to blame as I tried to push myself. I tried to come back from the first injury too quickly.
"We had three games in five or six days but I was not concerned, I thought I could cope. But suddenly, snap, it hits you and that's that.
"I got the same injury three times in a row and when I broke down for the third time I knew I had to stop pushing and get things right. The team was struggling and I wanted to help but it was too fast.
"For me my Celtic career is just starting. The fans don't know me. That's a good thing I guess because I can walk down the street.
"But I want that to change, every player is the same. We have new hopes and dreams for this season and the fans will be the same."