Ramon Vega admits regret over snubbing permanent Celtic transfer in 2001

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Ramon Vega has admitted he regrets joining Watford instead of Celtic in 2001.

Former Celtic loan defender Ramon Vega has told bwin that he regrets not joining the club permanently back in 2001, having chosen to sign for Watford instead.

Vega, now 44, had spells with Grasshopper Zurich and Cagliari before heading to the Premier League with Tottenham Hotspur in 1997, where he made his name.

After move than 80 appearances for Spurs, Vega moved on loan to Celtic in December 2000, spending six months in Glasgow, and he helped the Bhoys win a domestic treble with four goals in 26 appearances.

Vega was then released by Tottenham at the end of the 2000-2001 season, but chose not to stay at Celtic, instead joining Watford, where he lasted just one year before ending his career in France with Creteil.

The Swiss defender's career fizzled out after snubbing a permanent move to Celtic Park, and he has now admitted that he regrets that decision almost 15 years on.

Speaking to bwin.com, Vega admitted that his decision to join Watford was simply based on the length of the contract offered at Vicarage Road, as Celtic only offered him a short-term deal.

Vega raved about Celtic's fans and admitted that he would have liked to have stayed for longer, or even finished his career in the famous green and white hoops.

"Although I was only on loan, I rate my time at Celtic as one of the most enjoyable spells in my career," said Vega. "I can imagine they get fed up with hearing this, but the Celtic fans are without doubt the best I’ve ever played in front of. Every time I played and they announced the attendance at Celtic Park I was surprised."

"It would say something like 50,000 or 60,000 and I was convinced it was more like 200,000. People talk about a wall of noise at other stadiums, but I’ve experienced nothing like the roar I head at Celtic. It’s one of the few regrets I have in my playing career that I didn’t stay longer at Celtic. Tottenham released me and Celtic offered me a short-term contract, but Watford offered me three years."

"At that stage of my career, the extra years and security were very appealing so I joined up with Gianluca Vialli instead. I would have loved to have finished up at Celtic," he added.

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