Celtic goalkeeper Logan Bailly has told Sport/Foot Magazine in his native Belgium, as quoted by the Daily Record as saying that he had an offer from Standard Liege in January.
Bailly, 30, left Belgian side OH Leuven after three years with the Belgian side for a move to Celtic over the summer, having been snapped up as a replacement for Lukasz Zaluska.
Primarily a backup for Craig Gordon, the former Borussia Monchengladbach man has played just three times for the Bhoys so far, and just one of those appearances has come in the Scottish Premiership.
Now, Bailly has claimed that he had an offer to re-join Standard Liege during the January transfer window, having played for his hometown club between 1999 and 2002.
Speaking to Sport/Foot Magazine in Belgium, as quoted by the Daily Record, Bailly stated that Standard Liege wanted to re-sign him last month, but Celtic rejected the move - which has given Bailly belief that he is a wanted man at Celtic Park despite his lack of appearances.
"Standard Liege were interested in taking me back last month," said Bailly. "This is the closest I have ever come to rejoining them. They contacted my agent, and I think they were really ready to sign me. But Celtic wanted to keep me, and that is a nice show of their faith in me. It is nice proof that they believe in me here at Celtic," he added.
Standard Liege did in fact sign a goalkeeper in January, as Manchester United's Victor Valdes made the move to Belgium on loan until the end of the season - but it will now be interesting to see whether they make another move for Bailly come the end of the season.
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