Retired Dutch goalkeeper and fan favourite admits: I almost signed for Celtic

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Former Motherwell goalkeeper Sieb Dykstra says he nearly signed for Celtic, but landed up with QPR instead.

Former cult hero Sieb Dykstra has revealed he nearly signed for Celtic midway through his career.

Dykstra, pictured above challenging Rangers attacker Marco Negri, made the comments to the Scottish Sun ahead of the clash between Celtic and Dundee United this weekend.

The Dutchman was famed for his extrovert style of goalkeeping and unique look, and has admitted that Celtic were interested in snapping him up from Motherwell, before he eventually left to sign with QPR.

He said: “I’d been in Scotland a couple of seasons and I’d enjoyed my football. There was some interest from other clubs, like Celtic and QPR who I eventually joined. Lou Macari was the Celtic manager at the time and they had Carl Muggleton in goal.

“It was in Fergus McCann’s time. It never came to anything concrete and I stayed on at Motherwell before moving south."

It was 1994 that Dykstra signed with QPR, but his spell at the club didn't last long. He was loaned to Bristol City and Wycombe Wanderers before returning to Scotland with Dundee United two years later, where he spent three seasons.

Celtic also had veteran Pat Bonner in their goalkeeping ranks, with the Irish international going onto help the club win the Scottish Cup Final in 1994/95, beating Airdire in the final.

Not signing Dykstra did the goalkeeper's career little harm in terms of popularity or recognition, but it also did not adversely affect them either, but it did come back to bite him in terms of medal success - he was on the losing side for Dundee United in 1997 when Celtic beat them in the Scottish League Cup Final.

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