Seamus Coleman has revealed to the Irish Times that he came very close to joining Celtic before completing a move to Everton.
The Bhoys invited Coleman for a trial after scouting him while he was playing for Sligo Rovers as a teenager.
Coleman came over for a trial at Celtic back in 2009, and the right-back said he felt he performed quite well.
However, Celtic delayed completing a transfer and Everton took advantage of the Bhoys’ hesitancy to sign the defender.
“I did quite well at Celtic,” Coleman said. “I don’t know if Celtic and Sligo spoke about a transfer fee. Gordon Strachan was the manager.
“There was a trial game and I trained with the first team a couple of times and he took the training. I got word that they were interested to make something happen but I don’t know how far it got.
“Thankfully Everton didn’t want me on trial. They just signed me.”
Since moving to Everton, Coleman has established a reputation as one of the finest right-backs in the Premier League, so he would have been a great addition for Celtic.
The 27-year-old has been with the Toffees since 2009, and he has gone on to make 214 appearances, scoring 20 times.
Coleman also boasts 32 caps for his country, the Republic of Ireland, and he will be a key player for Martin O’Neill’s side during EURO 2016 this summer.