Hinkel closing in on Celtic switch
Germany defender Andreas Hinkel is closing in on a move to Celtic after admitting his frustration at a lack of opportunities at Sevilla

Hinkel has scarcely figured for the two-time defending UEFA Cup holders this season and is eager to leave the Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan.

Hinkel is reported to have agreed personal terms with Celtic and claims "now it is down to the clubs to speak" in order to agree a transfer fee which is expected to be in the region of 2million.

The 25-year-old has opted to move on after failing to oust Brazil international Daniel Alves from the right-back position.

"I have not had the opportunities to demonstrate my ability here," said Hinkel, who joined Sevilla from Stuttgart in June 2006.

"Everything is good here, the people, the club and the team but I am not happy on the bench, I need to play."

He added in Spanish sports daily Marca: "The first season was good as I played 13 games in the league, eight in the UEFA Cup and five in the Copa del Rey but this year, despite working hard in the summer, I have barely played at all."