The Celtic cult hero is unrecognizable after shedding the iconic hairstyle – and he now has a new career
ER won the Scottish Premiership title and League Cup trophy during his time at Celtic.
The cult hero spent three years with the Hoops after joining the club from Sheffield Wednesday in 1997.
During his playing days, he was instantly recognizable due to his signature dreadlocks hairstyle.
But now, at the age of 53, he looks very different from his Celtic days, having shed his iconic look and gone bald instead.
The player in question? It’s Regi Blinker!
The former Netherlands international, who was born in Suriname, joined the Parkhead club under Wim Jansen in an infamous trade deal with Paulo Di Canio going the other way.
It was a difficult move for Blinker as he was under pressure from the start of his Hoops career after being tasked to replace the fan favorite.
He scored on his debut in an easy 7-0 win against Berwick Rangers in the League Cup but endured a mixed game for the Scottish giants.
Blinker might not have played a huge part, but he still helped stop Rangers 10 straight in his first season at the club.
He then scored 12 goals in 57 games for the Hoops before returning to the Netherlands with RBC Roosendaal in 2000.
Blinker will always be remembered for his iconic dreadlocks style while he was in Glasgow, although he never lived up to the Di Canio name on the pitch.
But fans might have trouble recognizing him today as he’s now donning a bald look instead.
And Blinker hasn’t lived a quiet life since announcing his retirement from football in 2006.
He’s still involved in the beautiful game, but it’s not the usual route ex-players take with coaching, management or a scouting role.
Instead he became the editor of lifestyle magazines in the Netherlands and focused on the professional game in the country.
The company is called Life After Football and has over 70,000 followers since its inception in 2006.
Magazines are published several times a year and there are Dutch and international versions that include interviews, fashion shots and a glimpse into the lives of different footballers outside of the game.
Blinker is also known for his charity work and was the first man to rappel from Harrods department store in London to raise money.
He also ran the Berlin Marathon to benefit Dominic Hague’s Wheelbarrows for Africa campaign.
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