Barry Bannan shares why he quit Celtic as a kid, despite being die-hard Bhoys fan

Barry Bannan of Sheffield Wednesday during the Sky Bet Championship match between Sheffield United and Sheffield Wednesday at Bramall Lane on November 9, 2018 in Sheffield, England.

Celtic lost midfielder Barry Bannan during his youth days.

Barry Bannan of Sheffield Wednesday during the Sky Bet Championship match between Sheffield United and Sheffield Wednesday at Bramall Lane on November 9, 2018 in Sheffield, England.

Sheffield Wednesday midfielder Barry Bannan has told Open Goal that he was virtually forced to quit Celtic as a kid – despite being a die-hard Bhoys fan.

Bannan, 29, has become one of the top midfielders in the Championship, impressing many with his technical ability and creativity in the Owls engine room.

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A Scotland international, Bannan has really found a home with Wednesday after being in and out at Aston Villa and Crystal Palace, and Celtic fans have taken an interest in his career.

 

The midfielder started out his career with Celtic, but chose to leave for Aston Villa in 2004, ditching his boyhood club for a move to England.

Bannan has never returned to Scottish football except for international duty, despite some suggestions over the years for Celtic to bring Bannan back to Glasgow.

Now, he has explained the situation himself, revealing that he was left stuck at Parkhead at the age of 11 or 12 after a game in Aberdeen, left to find his own way home to Airdrie.

Sheffield Wednesday's Barry Bannan during the Sky Bet Championship match between Preston North End and Sheffield Wednesday at Deepdale on April 27, 2019 in Preston, England.

Bannan's dad seemingly wasn't happy with the situation, and told the midfielder that there was no way he was going back to Celtic despite the whole family being die-hard Bhoys fans, and that scenario made it easier to join Aston Villa instead.

“I played a couple of games for Drew Todd's team at Celtic but I was still playing Sunday league,” said Bannan. “Something happened one night because neither of my parents drove. I came back from a game in Aberdeen after playing for Celtic and they dropped us in at Parkhead. Obviously I lived in Airdrie and I had no lift home. Luckily one of my brother's mates came and got me, but I was just took back to Parkhead and left there to find my own way home. I think I was 11 or 12 at the time.”

“I had trained quite a bit at Hamilton Palace with Hugh McGovern and John McStay, so I was training and playing a couple of games, and playing for my Sunday league team. But when that happened my dad was like, 'you're not going back'. That was hard because we were die-hard Celtic fans as well, so that would have been the best thing to do for me, to go there and try and break through. This happened around the same time that Villa were asking about me,” he added.

Blackburn Rovers' Lewis Travis battles with Sheffield Wednesday's Barry Bannan during the Sky Bet Championship match between Sheffield Wednesday and Blackburn Rovers at Hillsborough...

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