Romain Perraud explains how close he came to joining Celtic

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Scottish Premiership champions Celtic reportedly wanted Romain Perraud before he joined Ligue 1 newcomers Brest instead.

Romain Perraud of Paris FC during the Ligue 2 match between Paris FC and Gazelec Ajaccio at Stade Charlety on May 17, 2019 in Paris, France.

Brest defender Romain Perraud has admitted that Celtic changed their mind about bringing him to Parkhead earlier in the summer, while speaking to the Daily Record (8 August, 10.54am).

Before Boli Bolingoli-Mbombo arrived in Glasgow from Rapid Vienna, Perraud appeared to be on his way to join Neil Lennon’s Scottish Premiership champions.

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The France U20 international impressed last season on loan at Paris FC in the Ligue 2 from Nice. And, according to La Depeche, he was willing to take a pay cut in order to seal a move to Celtic.

 

Instead, however, Perraud ended up joining Ligue 1 newcomers Brest instead for £2.5 million, just shy of the fee Celtic paid for Mbombo.

And the 21-year-old has now opened up on how close he came to wearing the famous green and white shirt.

Romain Perraud of Paris FC celebrates making the play-offs followingthe Ligue 2 match between Paris FC and Gazelec Ajaccio at Stade Charlety on May 17, 2019 in Paris, France.

“I thought I had a good season with Paris. I knew I had qualities. I just wanted a chance to show them after being stuck in Nice reserves,” Perraud said.

“This summer, Celtic, Brest and Dijon all contacted me with a view to a transfer. But Celtic decided to change their mind and that meant I was going to go to Brest instead.”

As it stands, Celtic are set to have just one first-team left-back at their disposal with fans’ favourite and academy graduate Kieran Tierney expected to seal a move to Arsenal before the English transfer deadline at 5pm.

And Perraud will be keen to show in the French top flight what Celtic are missing out on.

Romain Perraud of France in action during the international friendly match between France U20 and USA U20 at Pinatar Arena on March 21, 2018 in Murcia, Spain.

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