Striker John Guidetti has opened up on his Celtic exit.
Alaves striker John Guidetti has told the Daily Record that he turned down a permanent deal with the club – and then things turned ‘nasty’ for him at Parkhead.
Guidetti, 27, is currently over in La Liga with Alaves, where he has started just six league games this season, picking up two goals and one assist.
The Swede hasn’t quite lived up to his potential and may well move on this summer, at which point some Celtic fans may be keen to see him return to Glasgow.
When Guidetti was in the Manchester City ranks, Guidetti spent the 2014-15 season on loan at Celtic, scoring 15 goals in 35 games.
After a blistering start in Glasgow, Guidetti’s form really tailed off, and he barely scored or even started towards the end of his loan move before heading off to Spain with Celta Vigo.
Now, Guidetti has opened up on the situation, accusing the club of playing a nasty game with him after he refused to sign permanently.
Rather than help get him fit in the second half of the season, Celtic left Guidetti on the sidelines, which Guidetti clearly didn’t appreciate just because he rejected a permanent deal with the Bhoys.
Guidetti did though admit that he thinks Celtic are a terrific club with great fans, so good that they deserved a better farewell from him before leaving.
“In my loan spell at Celtic, the club played a nasty game with me. In the winter, the club management offered me a contract, but I declined that,” said Guidetti. “The Scottish league was good for me to get fully fit, but my goal was always to play in England or Spain because I consider those two competitions to be the best in the world.”
“Because of that, at Celtic I ended up in the stands. It was a real pity because Celtic are a terrific club and their fans deserved a better farewell from me,” he added.