Former Celtic player and coach Alan Thompson told the Daily Mail it took him a year to fall back in love with football after he left the Bhoys, while taking a dig at Rangers ahead of the Old Firm derby this weekend.
Thompson was sacked shortly after a 3-0 win against Rangers and has suggested that he was low for a long time, with the Mail suggesting problems away from the pitch were at the heart of his troubles.
“I admit it took me a while to get over what happened at Celtic. It took me 12 months to get over it. I had 12 months of doing virtually nothing,” said Thompson.
“I just felt I didn't want to get back involved in football for a long time. I took time out after that. I needed it.”
The Mail suggests that Thompson’s problem was depression, a common illness which affects a lot of people around the UK.
He’s cited close friend Lee Clark as the reason he got back into the game with Birmingham City, with the pair now together at Blackpool.
He’s also waded into the pre-match build up ahead of the Old Firm derby this weekend, claiming the status of it has changed from the days he was a Celtic player and he couldn’t resists a small dig at Rangers ahead of the match.
“Gary Hooper is down here now. Victor Wanyama, Fraser Forster, Kris Commons might be looking down here as well. I'm guessing it's been a while since anyone significant at all has come down from Rangers.”
Rangers are in the process of building themselves back up while Celtic have maintained their status as arguably the strongest club in Scotland.
The Bhoys are the favourites heading into the game and for the first time in a while, Thompson is likely to be watching the contest intently.