Newcastle legend Alan Shearer: I had two opportunities to join Celtic

Alan Shearer has revealed that he turned down two chances to join Celtic whilst at Newcastle.

Ex-Newcastle legend Alan Shearer has admitted to the Daily Record that he turned down two opportunities to join Celtic.

The striker was offered the chance by Martin O’Neill when he was thinking of leaving Newcastle but turned down the opportunity in favour of staying at St James' Park.

Despite deciding against a move to Celtic Park, the ex-England international has sampled Old Firm games as a spectator and thinks that promotion for Rangers in their current play-off campaign would be great for Scottish football.

He also thinks that with a bit of money behind them Aberdeen could become a threat to Celtic after pushing them close this season. Shearer thinks money will be the key for the Dons with investment in the squad a must if they are to mount a serious title challenge.

Speaking at an event in Aberdeen, Shearer discussed all things Scottish football and he explained he had no regrets about turning down a move to Celtic when offered the chance by O’Neill.

“I actually spoke to Martin O’Neill twice about moving to Celtic a few years ago when I thought I might be leaving Newcastle,” he said.

“What if? Nah, I never look back. I lived my dream, I was a lucky lad.”

He also explained his desire to see Rangers return to the top-flight of Scottish football, outlining that it would be better for Scottish football in general to have them back.

“Even if you’re not a Rangers or Celtic fan, the return of the Old Firm fixture in the league calendar must be good for everyone. I’ve been to a few of the games, both at Ibrox and Parkhead, and the atmosphere is fantastic.

“It’s more healthy for Scottish football when Rangers are in there and battling with the other teams. Scottish football has suffered from Rangers not being in the top flight - and I suspect the television and financial figures have gone down as well.”

His desire to see Rangers return to the Scottish Premiership could be a step closer to being a reality on Sunday when the Gers play their second-leg against Queen of the South.

With such a successful career behind him for both club and country, the Premier League winner can afford to have no regrets over his decision to stay with Newcastle.

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