Dundee United forward Robbie Muirhead has told The Scottish Sun that Celtic cancelled a move for him because they wanted to sign Gary Mackay-Steven.
Muirhead, 20, had hit four goals with Kilmarnock, emerging as one of the top young strikers in Scottish football with some promising displays.
Those performances triggered major interest in his signature, as STV reported on deadline day back in February 2015 that Celtic were on the verge of signing Muirhead.
That deal curiously collapsed, and hours later, Muirhead signed for Dundee United, where he has scored two goals in 16 games, whilst he also scored twice in eight appearances during a loan spell with Partick Thistle earlier this season.
The youngster is battling against relegation with Dundee United whilst Celtic challenge for the title, and he has now been asked about the circumstances surrounding that failed move to Celtic Park over a year ago.
Muirhead has told The Scottish Sun that he was 'very close' to joining Celtic, and thought that he was heading to Celtic Park, but the Bhoys' signature of Gary Mackay-Steven meant Celtic had to cancel the deal and put their funds into the Dundee United winger.
With the funds, Dundee United then signed Muirhead, and the rest is history, with the striker looking to make a real name for himself at Tannadice.
"Very close! On deadline day I was sitting in the house all day up until about 9pm thinking I was going to Celtic," said Muirhead. "It was only then that the deal was called off because Celtic had to spend an extra £250,000 on Gary Mackay-Steven. They said they’d leave it until the summer. In the end, I drove to Tannadice and got there at 11.40pm. By 11.52pm I’d signed and they rushed through the paperwork," he added.
Did Celtic make a mistake not signing Muirhead?