James McFadden explains failed Celtic move

A general view outside the stadium prior to the UEFA Europa League Group A match between Celtic FC and AFC Ajax at Celtic Park on November 26, 2015 in Glasgow, United Kingdom.

Queen of the South striker James McFadden could have joined Celtic back in 2003 before he moved to Everton from Motherwell.

Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JULY 26: James McFadden newley appointed Motherwell assistant manager during the pre match warm up before the BETFRED Cup First Round Group F Match between Motherwell...

Queen of the South striker James McFadden has revealed to The Scottish Sun why his move to Celtic broke down.

McFadden started his professional club football career at Motherwell and joined Everton back in 2003.

The 34-year-old Scottish striker was on the books of Everton from 2003 until 2008 before joining Birmingham City.

The striker had another spell at the Toffees and a total of three at Motherwell, and is now on the books of Scottish Championship club Queen of the South.

McFadden has revealed that he could have joined Celtic back in 2003 before making the switch from Motherwell to Everton.

Francino Francis of Tamworth competes with James McFadden of Everton during the FA Cup Third Round match between Everton and Tamworth at Goodison Park on January 7, 2012 in Liverpool,...

The striker told The Scottish Sun: “All summer it was Celtic, Celtic were going to come in, Celtic were going to this. And I think Martin O’Neill was maybe having a bit of bother with the board. It might have been coming up to his last year.

“Maybe two or three days before the window shut it was there is nothing there, it isn’t going to happen. They then tried to take me on loan. Everton was the same.

“Everton were going to go spend £4million on Sean Davis or spend the money on three or four players. All summer it was Davis is coming in. I think he failed his medical or whatever reason he never went.

“On the last day they came in and Motherwell rejected it. I spoke to the manager and chairman and said I don’t even know what they were offering me financially but it’s the Premier League in England and you need to give me this opportunity to go.”

Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JULY 26: James McFadden newley appointed Motherwell assistant manager during the pre match warm up before the BETFRED Cup First Round Group F Match between Motherwell...

McFadden has had a successful career, and at the age of 34, he is still going strong and has a few more years left in him.

Gary Naysmith’s Queens are aiming to finish in the Scottish Championship playoffs, and perhaps they will get promoted to the Scottish Premiership for the 2018-19 campaign.

Meanwhile, Celtic are going strong in the Scottish Premiership and look set to win the league title yet again.

Register for HITC Sport - Daily Dispatch