Former Celtic talent Richie Towell admits he may have to return to UK to play for Ireland

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The 23-year-old is in great form for Dundalk.

Richie Towell is a player not many Celtic fans will remember well. The 23-year-old midfielder joined the club from Irish football in 2007, spending five years at the club.

He spent time out on loan at Hibernian during his time at the club. He played just the one game for the Bhoys, featuring in a 2-2 draw against Inverness Caledonian Thistle, grabbing an assist in the game for Paddy McCourt.

The player left in 2012 and signed for Irish Premier Division side Dundalk and has gone on to become a star in the Irish league.

But he is yet to play for the Republic of Ireland national team, despite nine under-21 caps for his country.

Now the former Celtic player has admitted he may have to return to Scotland or move to England if he is to achieve his dream.

He is quoted by the Irish Independent as stating:

"There are a number of players in the international side that used to play in the league but it was only when they went to England that the call up came.

"I had the honour of playing from U-15 to U-21 level and it was great privilege for me and the family and the next step would obviously be full senior international.

"It's something I dreamed of as a little boy and I'm always ambitious I could go and do that.

"It would be great to see someone in our league get the call, it would raise the profile but obviously the manager has a tough decision as there's a lot of good players in England playing at a very high standard.

"I had a few offers from Scotland and England (over the winter) but they weren't right for me and I always said I wasn't going away just to say I played in England or Scotland. This is a good league over here and I'm happy to be playing here for Dundalk."

Towell has been in fantastic form for Dundalk this season. He has scored 10 goals in 13 games so far this season and perhaps Celtic should consider bringing him back to the SPL this summer.

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