Speaking on the MLS YouTube channel, Canadian legend Dwayne De Rosario has claimed that he very nearly joined Celtic during his career.

The midfielder spent almost the entirety of his career in North America, but he almost ended up in Scotland back in the early 2010s.

Indeed, De Rosario had a trial with the Glasgow club back in 2011, but according to the Canadian, a deal fell through due to poor management.

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De Rosario to Celtic?

The former MLS Golden Boot winner spoke about his brush with Celtic.

“We all know what happened with the Celtic opportunity that they were playing Champions League football, they played Barcelona that year and I should have been there,” De Rosario said.

“At Celtic, when I first went there me and Samaras first clicked and Ljungberg was there too and we had an instant connection. At the time they wanted me, I even went to an Old Firm game at Ibrox, but it fell through due to poor management.

“They wanted me on loan for half a season, but this was new for MLS and now you’re seeing it happen left, right and centre and it’s healthy for the league, if you want to be a part of the game you have to be open to the market like that.”

A shame

It’s a real shame that we never got to see De Rosario playing in Scotland. After all, he could’ve been an absolute star for Celtic.

As a former MLS MVP and Golden Boot winner, De Rosario could well have been one of the best players in Scotland if he’d joined Celtic in 2011, but sadly, the move was never meant to be.

Celtic have had their fair share of missed transfer opportunities, but this one has to go down as one of the most intriguing.

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