Juwon Oshaniwa claims proposed Celtic transfer failed, admits 'issues' with Bhoys

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Hearts defender Juwon Oshaniwa says he was supposed to sign for Celtic.

Hearts defender Juwon Oshaniwa has told the Scottish Sun that he was supposed to sign for Celtic and join up with international team-mate Efe Ambrose.

Oshaniwa, 24, has just joined Hearts from Israeli side FC Ashdod, and will compete to become the starting left back at Tynecastle under Robbie Neilson.

The Nigerian international featured for his county at last summer's World Cup in Brazil, and over 12 months on, he now has his move to Britain - but he has now told of how things could have been different.

Speaking to the Scottish Sun, Oshaniwa claims that whilst he is now with Hearts, he could have joined their Scottish Premiership rivals Celtic, suggesting that 'a lot of issues' over the last two years have prevented him from teaming up with fellow Nigerian international Efe Ambrose in Glasgow.

"Football is all about movement when your stock is high. I am at Hearts now but I could have been at Celtic," said Oshaniwa. "I know a lot about Celtic and also Scottish football because I spoke to Efe Ambrose. I had a lot of issues with Celtic for the past two seasons."

"I was supposed to be in Glasgow but stuff happened along the line and I did not go there. I spoke to Efe a lot about Celtic and we even sat down to talk about them when we were with the national team. I can’t wait for the day when I play against him for Celtic and we will see what the result will be," he added.

Celtic are in need of a left back given the disappointing displays from Emilio Izaguirre of late, but it seems that the Bhoys weren't convinced enough by Oshaniwa to complete a deal for him.

Now, the defender will be hoping to prove Celtic wrong this season when they take on his Hearts side, and he will be looking to show the Bhoys what they are missing - and given Celtic's power to sign players from rival Scottish teams, Oshaniwa may put himself back in the thoughts of Celtic should be impress with Hearts.

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