Kevin van Veen makes return to Scotland as Groningen grant striker leave request, a week after Rangers interest revealed
KEVIN van VEEN is on his way back to Scotland, his club has confirmed.
Now he is due back on these shores having been granted parental leave by Groningen.
The former Motherwell striker's girlfriend is expecting their first baby together.
Van Veen's absence from the Dutch club has been deemed 'indefinite' but he thanked his bosses for granting the trip away.
He said: "The intention was to induce labour last Tuesday, but we decided against that at the last minute.
“In the last phase of a pregnancy it is important to be close to each other.
"I am grateful to FC Groningen that the club gives me all the time and space to be with my girlfriend and the birth and I am really looking forward to the moment when we can hold our daughter in our arms."
The club wished the couple good luck and explaiend the striekr remained in the first-team picture.
The statement explained: "Kevin van Veen was still part of the match selection for the away match against Jong AZ on Monday evening and was originally going to travel to Schiphol afterwards to fly to Scotland, where his girlfriend lives."
A tweet on X.com added: "The striker is leaving today for an indefinite period back to Scotland and will assist his heavily pregnant girlfriend during the birth."
Van Veen struck 40 times in 83 games over two years at Motherwell before a £500,000 move in the summer - which the Steelmen said was accepted 'reluctantly'.
His future appeared in doubt last week though when he exclusively told Sunsport he expected to LEAVE Groningen in January.
The striker said: "I knew when I went to Groningen that it would present a challenge because of our domestic situation, but it has been much harder than I thought it would be.
“I realised then the next time I made the trip, I might have to hold our baby, then hand him or her back and leave them behind.
“That hit me really hard. Family is so important to me and I think it’s going to be difficult to do that.
“Of course I would listen to Motherwell because I had a successful time there.
“But last season my agent told me there was definitely interest in me from Rangers, though at my age I maybe don’t fit their profile.
“I had a lot of happy times in Scotland and I’d never rule out more.”
He added: "My agent’s had calls from six or seven clubs asking about the possibility of a loan in January. That would be the sensible alternative if things stay the same.”