Emile Heskey admits Celtic regret

Bolton's Emile Heskey

Emile Heskey has admitted that he wishes he took the chance to play for Celtic.

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Former Liverpool and Leicester City striker Emile Heskey has admitted to the Daily Record that he wished he took his opportunity to join Celtic.

Heskey says that he had two chances to join Celtic during his playing career.

Heskey’s first opportunity to join the Bhoys came when Martin O’Neill was in charge at Parkhead, and he was more recently given the chance when Neil Lennon was manager.

Bolton's Emile Heskey

On both occasions Heskey decided that staying in England would be better for him, but the 38-year-old now admits that he would have liked to represent the Bhoys.

“I had chances to sign for Celtic but I chose to stay down south with my family. The first time was when Martin O’Neill was here and even Neil Lennon tried to bring me here,” he said.

“I took the phone call but I was quite happy being down south and being with my family.

“I don’t have too many regrets in my football career because I am generally happy with what I have done but it would have been nice to play here because I have seen other players come up here and do well.”

Emile Heskey - Aston Villa in action against Maynor Figueroa (L) - Wigan Athletic

Heskey is currently looking for a new club once again, after being released by Bolton, but a move to Celtic is no longer a viable option.

Heskey can still reflect on his career with pride, however, as he has represented a host of clubs across England.

The powerful target man started his career with Leicester, before moving to the likes of Liverpool, Birmingham City and Aston Villa.

Heskey also earned 62 caps for England, and scored on seven occasions for his country.

Emile Heskey - Birmingham City looking dejected after a missed chance

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