Nottingham Forest star Kelvin Wilson admits he still misses Celtic after 2013 exit

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Kelvin Wilson has admitted that he - and other players - miss Celtic.

Nottingham Forest defender Kelvin Wilson has told The Scottish Sun that he still misses Celtic even after leaving the club back in 2013.

Wilson, 30, has been solid for Dougie Freedman's Forest side this season, though injuries continue to haunt the centre back, as they have for much of his career.

The Nottingham-born centre back had spells with Notts County and Preston North End before joining Forest back in 2007, and he became a key part of the Forest side, racking up 134 appearances for the club - and his performances at the City Ground then led to a move to Celtic in 2011.

Under Neil Lennon, Wilson played on a regular basis, and proved to be a valuable free agent signing, though he did eventually re-sign for Forest in 2013, having wanted to return to his hometown for personal reasons.

Now though, Wilson has admitted to The Scottish Sun that he does still miss playing for Celtic, and knows that his former team-mates Joe Ledley, Gary Hooper and Ki Sung-yueng feel the same way - but also added that he can't explain why he has such an affinity for Celtic.

"Once you have played for a great club such as Celtic, had a small part in its history, then I think you have an affinity that will never leave you. It’s hard to put into words," said Wilson. "I know of many players who feel the same. I’m still in touch with Joe Ledley and Gary Hooper, and we speak about Celtic. We want to all come up and see a game. It’s just hard to fit it in."

"But Celtic Park on a European night has a special pull. Ki Sung-Yueng said that very thing to me during pre-season when we played against each other. It seems every player who leaves Celtic misses it in their own way. I totally understand where they are coming from," he added.

Wilson's feelings for Celtic remain strong, and it seems that many players who play for the Bhoys - who are one of the biggest clubs in the world - continue to have a real attachment to the club even long after their departures, and some fans may love to see a handful of players make returns to Celtic Park in the future, due to their feelings towards the club.

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