Speaking to the Daily Mail, football agent Raymond Sparkes has admitted that he offered Celtic the chance to sign a young Polish striker in 2009 - who goes by the name Robert Lewandowski.
He said: “They [Lech Poznan] were looking for 1.75m euros for a teenage striker who, at that stage, hadn’t really done anything. I said to Celtic: “I’ve found a striker you should be looking at”. But I probably talked myself out of a deal because I also said to them I didn’t think he justified that kind of fee so early in his career.”
Lewandowski left Poznan the year after Celtic were offered the chance to sign him, joining Borussia Dortmund in Germany, and making his name as a prolific goalscorer under Jurgen Klopp.
The 27-year-old then switched to Bayern Munich last summer, where he has proceeded to score 41 goals in 60 games.
The Bhoys were offered Lewandowski by Sparkes before he had achieved much in his career, and Sparkes has admitted that he was central to talking both himself and Celtic out of the deal.
The summer the Polish international was offered caveat the end of a season in which Lewandowski netted 14 goals in 30 Ekstraklasa games. It was a strong return, but in a weak league, and clearly no one could convince themselves that the forward was worth the asking price requested by Poznan.
Celtic have gone through strange period of strikers since that summer, with the failure to sign Lewandowski replaced with a number of players brought in who amounted to little.
Now, however, his name will go down in history as one of many players Celtic have missed out on - who have gone on to achieve greatness in their careers.