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Former Celtic centre back Alan Stubbs has no regrets

7 Nov 1999:  Gabriel Amato of Rangers is challenged by Alan Stubbs of Celtic in the Scottish Premier League match at Ibrox in Glasgow, Scotland. Rangers won 4-2. \ Mandatory Credit:...

The former Everton and Celtic centre back says he probably missed out on an England cap due to playing in Scotland, but has zero regrets

7 Nov 1999:  Gabriel Amato of Rangers is challenged by Alan Stubbs of Celtic in the Scottish Premier League match at Ibrox in Glasgow, Scotland. Rangers won 4-2. \ Mandatory Credit:...

Alan Stubbs has paid the highest praise to his former team Celtic, explaining in an interview that despite the fact that he probably missed out on getting an England call up due to playing in Scotland, it was still worth it to be able to play for a club like Celtic.

Stubbs enjoyed a successful career as a Celtic defender across 5 years, signing from Bolton Wanderers in 1996. The Liverpool born man played nearly 100 league games for the Bhoys, winning 5 trophies and was a part of the 2000/2001 treble winning team under Martin O'Neill in his final season in Glasgow. 

Alan Stubbs the manager of Rotherham United looks on during the Sky Bet Championship match between Blackburn Rovers and Rotherham United at Ewood Park on September 17, 2016 in Blackburn,...

Stubbs is not the only England star to have missed out on international call up opportunities due to playing north of the border. Chris Sutton, one of Stubbs' ex-Celtic teammates - who had earned a cap prior to moving to Celtic -never managed to break back into the England national team during his time in Glasgow.

More recently, Fraser Forster was lucky to earn a single cap during his time at Celtic Park, but had to make the switch back down south before being given the opportunity to add to his international appearances. 

27 Dec 1999:  Jorg Albertz of Rangers is challenged by Alan Stubbs of Celtic during the Scottish Premier League match at Celtic Park in Glasgow, Scotland. The game ended 1-1.  \ Mandatory...

Speaking to Open Goal, Stubbs sung Celtic's praises, explaining just how important his time in Glasgow was to his career

"[Celtic was a] huge part [of my life]," Stubbs indicated, "People always look back and say, do you think it had an impact on me playing for England?

"I was getting linked at the time with making a cap and, honestly do I? Yeah, I do.

"Do I regret it? Not for one minute. Because, if I had have gotten an England cap, or two, or three, or whatever, then yes it's a fantastic achievement, but I think the bigger achievement is saying that I played for a club like Celtic."

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