Hermann Hreidarsson explains failed Rangers and Celtic moves

Portsmouth Hermann Hreidarsson during the game

Hermann Hreidarsson says that he could have joined Ibrox side Glasgow Rangers or Celtic.

Portsmouth Hermann Hreidarsson during the game

Hermann Hreidarsson has revealed to The Scottish Sun that he could have joined Celtic or Rangers.

The 41-year-old former Iceland international defender played for the likes of Crystal Palace, Brentford and Ipswich Town.

Hreidarsson has revealed that he could have joined Scottish giants Celtic or Rangers.

Wade Elliott - Burnley and Hermann Hreidarsson - Portsmouth

The reason why the former defender could not make the move to either Celtic or Rangers was that Portsmouth prevented him from doing so.

Hreidarsson has revealed that he was close to moving to Scotland in 2009, with both the Old Firm teams interested.

However, Portsmouth blocked the former Iceland international’s move, and he remained at the English club.

Portsmouth's Hermann Hreidarsson and Norwich's Grant Holt (R) in action

"I was on my way to Scotland,” Hreidarsson told The Scottish Sun. “I was ready to go and I would have been happy to go to either Celtic or Rangers.

“I wasn’t in the Portsmouth team at the time and it was a chance to play in Europe and win some titles.

“To play for Celtic or Rangers would have been a dream but Portsmouth blocked it. That was a shame. It would have been good to play in Scotland.”

Celtic and Rangers are the two biggest clubs of Scotland, and the Old Firm rivals will compete with each other for the Scottish Premiership title next season.

The Gers won the Scottish Championship title with ease during the 2015-16 campaign, but they will find it tough to challenge the Bhoys for the title next season.

The signings of Joey Barton and Clint Hill have enhanced the quality of the Rangers squad, but Celtic will start the season as favourites for the Scottish Premiership title.

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