Celtic hero Moravcik says he wished he'd moved to Bhoys sooner

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The Slovakian star left Celtic 13 years ago, having won the hearts of supporters in a four-year spell.

Former Celtic star Lubo Moravcik has been discussing his final season in Glasgow, in an interview on the club's official site.

Moravcik is one of those cult heroes that really seizes the hearts of fans. Though he didn't score bucket-loads of goals or stay at Celtic for decades, the Slovakian's four-year spell is fondly thought of at Parkhead.

Of course, it helped that he had a habit of scoring important goals against Rangers, as well as helping the Bhoys to a couple of league titles during his time at the club, but it is good to find out that the fans' affection for him is by no means a one way relationship.

In an interview with the Celtic site, the now 50-year-old said one of his biggest regrets is that he moved to the Hoops so late in his career.

"Now, years after leaving Celtic I realise I was a bit unlucky, because I joined when I was 33," Moravcik said. "I should have come when I was younger and played more for Celtic, a few more seasons and some more important games."

Discussing his final season with the club, Moravcik added: "If you finish at a club where people love you, you always feel sad when you have to leave, but at the same time I was satisfied with my performances at Celtic."

Moravcik may well have been an even bigger hero for the Bhoys if he'd have arrived sooner. He did well for Saint Etienne and Bastia in Ligue 1, scoring 39 goals in 230 games, but he almost matched that total for Celtic in half the time, netting 35 times in 129 games despite playing for the Scottish giants in his mid to late 30s.

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