Roma superstar Daniele De Rossi admits his love for Glasgow and admiration of Roy Keane

De Rossi Tackle On Rooney - England v Italy Euro 2012

The Italian international is a fan of 'Celtic culture.'

Celtic will be looking to bring in some new players in the summer to strengthen their resolve ahead of Rangers’ return to the Scottish top-flight.

Of course The Bhoys will be wanting to lure in some big names but that has not been a regular occurrence of late.

However, it seems if they wanted to get their hands on AS Roma midfielder Daniele De Rossi they might have a chance.

De Rossi, who has 101 caps for the Italian national team and is a Roma legend, has been discussing his career and his life this weekend with the club’s official website, as relayed by Football Italia.

He went on to announce his love for Glasgow and the ‘Celtic culture’ – whatever that means:

“I put Glasgow in the top three as representatives of the Celtic culture, which I love. I saw it with the Nazionale, albeit for a brief spell. Between the stadium and the hotel I experienced only a few bits of the city, but it remained in my mind.

“These are places I’d really like to go back to so I can get deeper into them, as they deserve.”

He also made it clear that Roy Keane, a former Celtic player and a man linked with the manager’s job at Celtic for the summer, is his footballing hero:

“Keane is my absolute hero. The 16 on my shirt is, along with the birthday of my daughter Gaia, dedicated to him.

“He is the only person in the world I asked for a photo with, two years ago. I was too embarrassed to ask Diego Maradona, but with Keane I couldn’t resist.”

De Rossi would of course appear a very unlikely signing for Celtic. A one-club man he is however eventually going to depart the club – with his contract expiring in a years’ time.

However, a move to the USA remains more likely, although Celtic might want to keep tabs on the situation.

Register for HITC Sport - Daily Dispatch